Violence against Christians is increasing in Vietnam, yet the Church is growing among ethnic minorities. Christians who come from a Buddhist or animist background experience the strongest pressure, both from their communities and the authorities. Christian ethnic minorities, such as the Montagnards, also face fierce opposition. All Christian groups are monitored by the government, registering churches is difficult, and a new law on religion and belief limits religious groups by controlling meetings.

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Contrasting freedoms for Vietnam’s Christians

Contrasting freedoms for Vietnam’s Christians

The growth of Christianity in Vietnam has been charted by World Magazine, which says religious freedoms enjoyed by those living in cities are in stark contrast to the country’s rural areas. Catholicism has a centuries-old history in Vietnam, but Protestant churches only sprang up last century, the Christian publication notes, […]

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Vietnam: 2017 was ‘worst year’ for dissidents

Vietnam: 2017 was ‘worst year’ for dissidents

Vietnam’s communist government was criticised again this week over its treatment of dissidents. In its latest report, published on 5 March, the Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience (FVPOC) said the 43 people arrested in 2017 for challenging the state was more than double the combined number detained in 2016 (11) […]

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New report slams Vietnam’s human-rights record

New report slams Vietnam’s human-rights record

A new report paints an abysmal picture of Vietnam’s human-rights record, documenting “one of the worst crack-downs in recent years against rights defenders, bloggers and religious followers”. Published by the Paris-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR), the report says “arrests and harsh convictions of dissidents are multiplying with frightening […]

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