Heroic Vietnamese monk dies

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 24 Feb 2020

Thich Quang Do, a dissident Buddhist monk nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, died aged 93.

The head of the banned Unified Buddist Church of Vietnam who was born in 1928 in Thai Binh province, he spent most of his life seeking religious freedom and human rights in communist Vietnam.

His activism landed him under effective house arrest in Ho Chi Minh City in 2003, and he died on Saturday night at Tu Hieu pagoda.

Do's advocacy for democracy saw multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was in 1945 that teenaged Do witnessed the execution of his religious master by a communist people's court. "Then and there I vowed to do all that I could to combat fanaticism and intolerance," he wrote.

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