Vietnamese religious freedom activist Nay Y Blang has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison for holding religious meetings in his home. Blang, a member of the Ede ethnic group, was accused of various crimes including inciting secession and establishing a separate state for ethnic minorities. He admitted to the charges and requested a reduced penalty. Blang’s relatives boycotted the trial, and no defense lawyer was present. Supporters believe he was punished for his association with the Central Highlands Evangelical Church of Christ, which is not recognized by the Vietnamese government. This is the second time Blang has been sentenced to prison.