Hmong Ordered Jailed for Defying Vietnamese Government Campaign

2014-03-14 A provincial court in northern Vietnam on Friday sentenced a Hmong Christian to 18 months in jail for defying a government campaign forcing the ethnic minority group to return to older funeral practices now considered wasteful by many in the community. Hoang Van Sang, 60, was handed an 18-month jail term by a court…

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Statement of Vietnam’s Clergies Concerning Ordinance on Religion and Belief

Statement of Vietnam’s Clergies Concerning the Ordinance on Religion and Belief of 2004 and the 2012 Decree on Directives and Measures for Implementing the Ordinance on Religion and Belief Respectfully submitted to: – Officials in Vietnam’s government (Executive Branch and National Assembly) – Members of the clergies and religious orders, and adherents of the various…

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Bishop of Vinh concerned by regime attacks, appeals for international support

09/18/2013 10:04 VIETNAM Bishop of Vinh concerned by regime attacks, appeals for international support In an interview with AsiaNews , Msgr . Paul Nguyen Thai Hop speaks of “a dangerous and worrying situation” for the Christians of the diocese, who are under the scrutiny of the Vietnamese authorities. He calls for the respect of human…

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Protest against arbitrary detention of Catholics in Vietnam

Press Release: On the brutal attack of the Vietnamese government against parishioners of My Yen, Nghe An in the diocese of Vinh The Federation of Vietnamese Catholic Mass Media 9/8/2013 ——————————————————————————– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Sydney -September 07, 2013 – The Federation of Vietnamese Catholic Mass Media protests before the international community and sternly condemns the…

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Vietnamese Government and State TV launch fresh attacks on Bishop of Vinh

AsiaNews by J.B. An Dang 09/16/2013 13:13 A 10 minute report aired last night made slanderous accusations against Msgr. Paul Nguyen Thai Hop and the local Catholic community . The prelate is charged with leading a revolt , exploiting a story to create legal cases of religious persecution . Diocesan website risks closure. Vietnamese Catholics…

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Vietnamese Authorities Refuse to Free Two Church Parishioners

Radio Free Asia, 2013-09-05 Vietnamese authorities have released all 15 Catholics detained in a bloody crackdown on protests in a North Central Coast province but are still refusing to free two parishioners whose arrest in June triggered the demonstrations, sources said Thursday. Security remained tight in Nghi Phuong village in Nghe An province one day…

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Vietnamese Police Open Fire, Crack Down on Christian Protesters

In one of the bloodiest religious crackdowns in recent years in Vietnam, police on Wednesday fired multiple gunshots and lobbed  grenades in front of a church as they violently dispersed hundreds of Catholics demanding the release of two parishioners in a North Central Coast province, according to sources. A unknown number of people were rushed…

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Banned Vietnamese Buddhist Group’s Pagoda Blockaded

Security forces in southern Vietnam surrounded the pagoda of a banned Buddhist group over the weekend and barred monks from leaving the monastery, in the latest crackdown on the group in the one-party communist state. The blockade of the Giac Hoa Pagoda belonging to the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) in Ho Chi…

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USCIRF’s 2013 Annual Report on the State of International Religious Freedom Identifies World’s Worst Violators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2013 Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent federal advisory body created by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) to monitor religious freedom abuses abroad, today released its 2013 Annual Report. The Report highlights the status of religious freedom globally and identifies those governments…

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Ethnic Families in Vietnam Ransacked, Beaten for their New Faith

Recently converted Christians in Central Highlands suffer nights of terror, beating by day. February 26, 2013 By Our Vietnam Correspondent DANANG, Vietnam (Morning Star News) – Newly converted Christians of the Sedang ethnic minority in Vietnam’s Central Highlands were terrorized last week – their homes and personal property badly damaged or destroyed in four consecutive…

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