News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Vietnam-main_article_image.jpg
Flickr
World News

Beliefs under threat in Vietnam

by Hannah Tooley

At present there is no law on religion or belief in Vietnam.

The charity, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), says that officials reportedly met with representatives from 32 religious organisations -- but it is not clear whether independent religious organisations, many of which have strong reservations about the draft, were invited to attend.

It says this draft "maintains the government's approach of regulating and controlling religious affairs, lacks the necessary safeguards to protect against the abuse of power, and contains ambiguous language and administrative burdens which prevent rather than protect the enjoyment of full freedom of religion or belief."

The draft law has received criticism from human rights activists, religious leaders and independent experts on freedom of religion or belief.

One independent legal expert told CSW the draft gives the state a lot of control, and seems to focus on regulating religious affairs, rather than affording freedom.

CSW's Chief Operating Officer, Andy Dipper, said: "The draft law on religion and belief, the first of its kind in Vietnam, is an opportunity to bring domestic law into conformity with international human rights law and to strengthen protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

"However, we know from our research that many religious leaders and community representatives have serious concerns about the draft, which could, in its current form, lead to further interference into religious life in Vietnam.

"We call on the government to revise the draft law in open and free consultation with representatives of religion or belief communities, including ethnic and religious minorities and unregistered/independent communities, in dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and other experts in international human rights law."

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate