Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Viet Nam shows signs of increased religious freedoms

As Viet Nam enters into a period of greater economic and political liberalization, it remains unclear whether or not the government will maintain its firm control over religious practices, the Journal Chretien, reported this week. Described as an act of liberty, the government has stated that it allows house churches to register with the government. However, many view this as a way for the government to monitor the activities of worshipers. In fact, many religious groups are pressured to join communist-backed churches and it is believed that hundreds of persecuted Christians remain in prison.

Recently, Open Doors, an international organization that assists persecuted Christians, distributed children’s bibles throughout Viet Nam. Unique in their production, the bibles were written and illustrated by the Vietnamese people.

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