The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFC RLC) today released a 14-page report detailing recent religious freedom developments in Vietnam.
The document, "Gaining Traction? An Update on Religious Liberty Progress for Protestants in Vietnam," looks closely at developments in 2006, described as an important year in the struggle for religious liberty in Vietnam. Deemed by some as a ‘watershed year,’ progress was made by the
Vietnamese government in response to considerable international pressure.
The EFC RLC report provides detailed information on developments in Vietnam to date, examining the motivation for, and likelihood of effective follow through on, three recent initiatives dealing with religion, including the registration and recognition of churches, particularly those of ethnic minorities.
"There have been some initiatives taken to improve the state of religious freedom in Vietnam," notes Glenn Penner, chair of the EFC RLC. "However, questions remain as to whether Vietnam will continue its modest progress in religious freedom or revert to its former repression. This report takes a closer look at these issues, and provides key information about on-going persecution.”
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