New Report Published on Religious Freedom in Vietnam

General April 3, 2009

For immediate release from The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

April 3, 2009

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFC RLC) today released a report detailing recent religious freedom developments in Vietnam. 

Entitled "Religious Freedom in Vietnam: Welcome Progress with Notable Exceptions," the 10-page document looks closely at internal church developments as well as government policy developments that took place in 2008 and early 2009.

The report builds on previous EFC RLC reports that provide annual updates on the progress of religious freedom in Vietnam.

“Our reports indicate that the situation has been steadily improving,” notes Don Hutchinson, chair of the EFC RLC. “However, there are still issues of concern and a need for continued advocacy on this issue before Vietnam’s Protestant Christians and other faith minorities experience full freedom of religion.”

The report is available on the EFC website at: 
http://www.evangelicalfellowship.ca/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=734&nccsm=21&__nccspID=912

The 2008 report can be found at:
http://files.efc-canada.net/si/Religious%20Freedom%20Internationally/RLC/Vietnam-update-20080227.pdf

The 2007 report can be found at:
http://files.efc-canada.net/si/Religious%20Freedom%20Internationally/RLC/Vietnam-update-20071029.pdf

The 2005 report can be found at:
http://files.efc-canada.net/si/Religious%20Freedom%20Internationally/RLC/Vietnam-US-report-20050615.pdf