The cruel action of the Vietnamese government by allowing its civilians to torture and hang an innocent Degar man to death has proved that there is no justice and equality in Vietnam, especially in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
On December 5th, 2012, The Vietnamese civilians tortured and hanged our brother, Siu Klong, on a jackfruit tree at a nearby Degar farm in the vicinity of the village of Ploi Kueng Dong, communal village of Hbong, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai.
Siu Klong was born in 1978 at Ploi Tok, communal of Ia Kodam, district of Ia Pa in the province of Gialai.
His wife is Ro-o H’Mriak who was born in 1988 and his son, Ro-o Suong who was born in 2005.
The following is an account of Siu Klong’s death:
On December 1st, 2012, he went to visit his father in-law who had been sick and hospitalized in the city of Pleiku. On the 5th of December 2012, when he wanted to go back home to his family, he caught a public transportation, a six-people van, and boarded the van to go back to his home town of Ceo-Reo.
On the same day, a Degar farmer came to his field to work and found a fellow Degar man had been hung to death on his jackfruit tree. So, he went back to his village and asked many villagers and the village chief to come to his farm and see what had happened. There was a name tag on the corpse but no one recognized him. Because no family claimed the corpse, the Vietnamese Buddhist Monks together with the police took a photo of the corpse and buried his body at the Cu Se Cemetery and wrote down Siu Klong’s name.
On the 10th of December 2012, his family became very worried because they knew he had already left the hospital but that he had not yet returned home. So his 4 brothers, Siu Khen, Siu Hrok, Siu Tiu and Siu Khon, went looking for him in the city of Pleiku, but they could not find him there. On their way back home, the 4 brothers stopped by the Cu Se Cemetery to ask around. Luckily, they encountered the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk who had buried him. The Monk gave them the photo and led them to the grave that he had been buried in. The 4 brothers exhumed the corpse from the grave, put the body in a plastic bag and took him back to the village for a proper burial ceremony. The cost of transporting the corpse back to the village is 3,500,000 VND.
This is just one person that our people know what happened to out of the thousands of our young men who have gone missing. The issue of disappearances and deaths is at an alarming number. The Vietnamese police knew about this incident, but they did not bother to look for the murderer.
Vietnam said that our faith in Jesus Christ is a threat to its government, but this particular brother of ours is not a Christian so why did the Vietnamese people murder him too? Vietnam has killed Degar people before on the basis of attempting to flee to Cambodia, but this Degar man had been nowhere near Cambodia and had no intention of being a refugee. Why, then, would he be killed unless it is because he is a Degar? Why would the Vietnamese government refuse to investigate what was clearly a murder? The only reason is because the victim was a Degar. The structural discrimination against Degar people must cease. The Degar people desire to be treated with dignity as equals in their homeland of the Central Highlands.