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Fears Grow Over Religious Freedom Restrictions In Vietnam


Religious freedom in Vietnam is at risk of deteriorating under the government’s new Law on Belief and Religion, a senior bishop told officials on Monday.

Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Kham, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, was speaking at a meeting between government officials and representatives from religious groups, the National Catholic Reporter reports.

This law, which passed on November 18 and will take effect in 2018, “fails to properly care about and satisfy people’s needs of religious activities,” Kham said.

“From our views, some negative issues still remain in relationships between the government and religions.”

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