In honour of Buddhist monk Thich Thien Minh (named Huynh Van Ba at birth) victim of the Vietnamese communist religious persecution.
Born in 1953 in Bac-Lieu province of South Vietnam, venerable Thich Thien Minh survived 26 years of imprisonment in communist “re-education camps”, from 1979 to 2005, and published his memoir in 2007 to denounce the atrocities to which he was victim and also the numerous deaths among his fellow inmates in hard labour camps. Thich Thien Minh was subjected to confinement, starvation, beatings, hard labour, torture, threats, and humiliation in Minh-Hai prison, Xuan-Phuoc and Xuan Loc Z 30A re-education camps.
Thanks to the intervention of the U.N. Special Rapporteur Abdelfattah Amor in 2004, Thich Thien Minh was released in 2005 from prison but has been kept under house arrest and prevented from conducting religious activity and teaching.
Reference: Vietnam Human Right Network