New Decree Restricts Religious Freedom in Vietnam

Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 17:40 (GMT) Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is concerned that a new decree in Vietnam will seriously curtail religious freedom. It describes Decree 92 as “vague” and “restrictive”. The decree was issued in November and came into force on 1 January. It sets out the conditions for registration of religious activities and…

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Montagnard Refugees Documented in Cambodian Jungle

2012-08-31 Radio Free Asia Montagnard boy in Cambodia, July 2004 Photo: Ratha Visal©; 2004 RFA PHNOM PENH—;At least 85 Montagnard refugees from Vietnam are hiding in Cambodia’s malaria-infested jungles, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports in an exclusive story. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday dismissed reports of Montagnard refugees in the area and threatened to…

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In KonTum, Vietnam, Catholics pray in private homes since the communist government seized their church

AsiaNews, August 16, 2012 by Nguyen Hung The authorities in Hiếu Đạo confiscated the building 30 years ago and have not returned it yet. Nevertheless, the number of believers keeps on growing through conversions. “We are convinced that God will return the altar to us,” local bishop tells AsiaNews. Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) –…

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Vietnam’s Government Stopped Catholic Journalist from Traveling Abroad with Ailing Mother

Compiled bo DVOV, August 3, 2012 In the morning of August 2, 2012, J.B Nguyen Huu Vinh, a journalist associated with the Catholic news media, was prevented from taking his ailing mother to Singapore for medical treatment. As soon as Mr. Vinh and his mother arrived at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, two public security…

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Pastor’s Sentence Upheld

Radio Free Asia July 31, 2012 A Vietnamese court rejects a priest’s appeal as three bloggers await trial on similar charges An appeals court in Vietnam upheld an 11-year jail sentence imposed on a pastor of a banned church for “undermining unity” in the one-party state ahead of a trial next week of a group…

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Stanford Law School’s Allen Weiner files petition with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of seventeen Vietnamese social and political activists

Stanford Law School July 25, 2012 STANFORD, Calif., July 25, 2012—Allen Weiner, director of the Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law at Stanford Law School, today filed a petition with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) in Geneva contesting the illegal arrest and on-going detention of seventeen Vietnamese social and political…

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Vietnam’s Two-Front War on Religion

By Michael Benge July 22, 2012   The Vietnamese regime’s religion is communism, and the Party views all other organized religions as a direct threat to national security and its authoritarian control of the Vietnamese people.  Religious tolerance exists only in theory; Article 70 of Vietnam’s Constitution of 1992 states that citizens “shall enjoy freedom…

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Police block Catholic program that offers English instructions to the poor in Nghe An

Information compiled from from VRN On July 12, some one thousand children and adults gathering at the Catholic church in Cau Ram, Nghe An to start their free Summer English classes were told that the government had evicted all English instructors.    All five instructors are volunteers from America. Upon arrival to Vietnam, they were pulled into the police station…

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Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop of Vinh on an Attack Against Catholics at Mass

ROME, JULY 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- After the incidents in the Catholic community of Con Cuong, Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop of the diocese of Vinh and president of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Vietnam, gave an interview in Paris to the Eglises d’Asie agency to comment on the incidents and…

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Tens of thousands of Catholics protested police brutality against priests and believers in Nghe An

News brief by VRN July 15, 2012 Responding to the call of the Bishopry of Vinh, today tens of thousands of Catholics throughout the province of Nghe An, Viet Nam, participated in prayer vigils in solidarity with fellow Catholics in Con Cuong District, who have been subjected to repeated police brutality in recent months. From early…

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