The Communist Regime sentenced Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly to 15 years in prison and 5-year probation on October 19, 2001 because of his denunciation of the Regime's grave violations of the Catholic Church's freedom of religious exercise as well as that of other religions in Vietnam.

According to information provided by his relatives who had visited him, since early 2003 Father Nguyen Van Ly's mental condition seemed to have undergone some worrisome changes. Recently, through three "Letters from the heart", supposedly to have been written by him, to the Council of Bishop of Vietnam, the US Congress and the EU Assembly, Father Nguyen Van Ly seems to have completely surrendered to the regime, and even called for everyone's support to Communist Party's roadmap and policy. This is exactly the concern and foretelling that Father Ly expressed in his letter dated March 19, 2001 (see attachment). 

For the aforementioned reasons, we, the undersigned, unanimously: 

-         Express our deep concern about Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly's mental health. It is possible that Father Ly was forced to undergo deleterious and expert measures of brainwashing and poisoning administered by the Vietnamese Communist's prison system. 

-         Request International Human Right Organizations, Governments and freedom-loving individuals to:  

-         Send medical and psychiatric experts to evaluate the mental health of the Prisoner-of-conscience Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly.


-         Demand the Vietnamese Communist Regime to immediately stop the confinement and mentally torturous measures against Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly, and release him without restriction or condition.



Overseas February 20, 2004




Nguyen Thanh Trang, Chairman

Vietnam Human Rights Network

Do Nhu Dien, Coordinator

The Movement of the Vietnamese Laity in Diaspora

Cao Chanh Huu, Chairman

Overseas Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Movement

Nguyen Hong Lien, Executive Director

Council for Human Rights in Vietnam, New York

Nam Tran, Chairman
Democracy Club for Vietnam

Tran Quoc Bao, President

Vietnam Restoration Party

Pham Hoang, President

Movement for Democracy of Vietnam, Eastern Europe

Le Tu Ha, Secretary General

Movement for Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Vietnam

Au Duong The, President

Association for Democracy and Development of Vietnam

Nguyen Van Hoa, President

Committee for Human Rights in Vietnam, Germany

Lam Thu Van, President

Democracy Center for Vietnam, Montreal, Canada.

Pham Huu Giao, Chairman
Committee for Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Vietnam, Canada

Do Van Hoi, Acting Executive Director
International Committee for Religious Freedom and Human Rights for Vietnam

Nguyen Quoc Quan, Chairman
International Committee to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam

Tran Van Cao, Secretary General

Vietnamese Catholic Laity Forum

Nguyen Xuan Tung, Director

Vietnamese Christian Forum

Pham Van Thuan, President

The Former Armed Force & Civilian Combattants of the Republic of VN

Rev. Nguyen Hung Lan, President

Vietnamese Socio-Cultural Center – Brussels, Belgium

Nguyen Thi Mong Chau, President

Vietnamese Professional Society, Belgium

Bui Bach Diep, President

VN Veterans Association, Belgium

Nguyen Kim Luan, President

VN Democratic Alliance, Belgium

Dinh Kim Hang, Editor-in-Chief 

Lac Hong News, Belgium

Nguyen Van Cu, President

VN Liberation Unified Front, Belgium

Phung Hoang Minh, Head

The Movement of the Vietnamese Laity in Diaspora, Belgium Chapter

Nguyen Thanh Ngoc, President 

Vietnamese Veterans Association in Victoria, Australia

Vuong Thien Vu, President

Vietnamese Refugees Association in Australia

Tran Duc Danh, President

Vietnamese Community in Northern Melbourne, Australia

Le Thi Hong, President

Vietnamese Catholic Community in Maidstone, Australia






 Đính kèm: Thư của Lm Nguyễn Văn Lý ngày 19.3.2001.                  Attachment: Father Ly’s letter of March 19, 2001


The Catholic Church

The Archdiocese of Hue



An Truyền Parish, the nineteenth of March, 2001



For the glory of God

For the Catholic Church’s splendor

For the magnificence of Our Lady of La Vang

For the honor of Vietnamese martyr Saints


I proclaim that: In case I am detained by the Vietnamese communists, whatever I may say or write, which is contradictory to my ten-point statement made on November 11th of 2002, to my nine petitions, to our joint declaration with the Inter-faith Group for Religious Freedom in Vietnam, to my testimony on the martyrdom of Archbishop Philippe Nguyen Kim Dien, and to my testimony in front of the U.S. Congress on February 13th, 2001, is simply the consequence of Vietnamese communists’ deceitful gambit.




Rev. Thaddeus Nguyễn Văn Lý

Pastor of An Truyền Parish