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The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Thich Quang Do, the Supreme Patriarch of the banned Unified Buddhist Church in Vietnam and leading advocate for religious freedom, democracy, and human rights in his country. He died at 91 years old on Saturday, February 22, 2020, under house arrest in Ho Chi Minh City.
“Thich Quang Do was admired by freedom-loving people around the world, and they now mourn his passing. He was an example for all humanity of tolerance, compassion, and devotion to human rights and dignity,” said NED president Carl Gershman. “He suffered greatly for his courage and his unyielding commitment to principle and truth. At this critical time in human history, when the non-violent ideals of freedom and compassion are under attack almost everywhere, Thich Quang Do stands out as a model of inspiration and hope. May his memory be a blessing to us all.”