Statement on the Passing of Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam Thich Quang Do

Daniel J. Kritenbrink
U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam
February 24, 2020

On behalf of the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, I would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of The Venerable Thich Quang Do, Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam.

Thich Quang Do was a tireless advocate for religious freedom and human rights, and he remained committed to the non-violent pursuit of justice. These peaceful efforts garnered him numerous international awards, and he was nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I had the honor of meeting Patriarch Thich Quang Do in 2018, and I was deeply impressed by his compassion and commitment to religious pluralism.