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Thích Huyền Quang
Lê Đình Nhàn
September 19, 1919(1919-09-19)
Place of birth:
Bình Định province, Vietnam
July 5, 2008 (aged 88)
Thích Huyền Quang (September 19, 1919 – July 5, 2008) was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, dissident and activist. At the time, he was the Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, a currently banned sect in his homeland. Huyền Quang was notable for his activism for human and religious rights in Vietnam. In 1977, Huyền Quang wrote a letter to then-Prime Minister Phạm Văn Đồng detailing counts of oppression by the communist regime. For this, he and five other senior monks were arrested and detained. In 1982, Huyền Quang was arrested and subsequently put into permanent house arrest for opposition to governmental policy after publicly denouncing the establishment of the state-controlled Vietnam Buddhist Church.
Huyền Quang died peacefully on July 5th 2008 at his monastery after returning from the hospital for treatment of the heart, lung and kidneys.
His funeral was held on Friday, July 11th, 2008 without any incident.
^ a b Vietnamese Federation For Fatherland's Integrity
^ International Herald Tribune - Dissident patriarch of Vietnam Buddhist group dies
^ Google News via AFP
^ Dissident Vietnamese monk dies in Vietnam
^ Star Tribune - Patriarch of banned Vietnamese Buddhist church dies after years under house arrest
^ BBC News (2008-07-11). "Vietnamese dissident laid to rest". http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7501092.stm. Retrieved on 2008-07-20.
^ Sahil Nagpal (2008-07-11). "Banned Vietnamese monk's funeral held without incident". http://www.topnews.in/banned-vietnamese-monks-funeral-held-without-incident-252249. Retrieved on 2008-07-12.
 External links
The Times: Thich Huyen Quang: Vietnamese Buddhist leader