Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Dispute over Viet Nam church land continues

The dispute over Catholic Church land seized by the Vietnamese government in the 1950s is still ongoing, BBC News reported on Thursday.

Prayer vigils and demonstrations took place at the site throughout January, with some Vietnamese Catholics facing prosecution for “abusing religion to cause public disorder.”

The protests ended when the Archbishop of Hanoi, Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet, announced that the government had promised to give back the land. However this promise has yet to be acted upon.

The issue has now been complicated by state-approved claims on the land from the official Buddhist Church.

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