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 Vietnam unveils law of "Religious freedom"



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VIETNAM UNVEILS LAW SAID TO ‘GUARANTEE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’

Vietnam has unveiled a new law that it says guarantees religious freedom while reinforcing state management of religious activity.
The Ordinance on Beliefs and Religions, made public Monday, July 12, warns that those who use religion to “undermine the state” will be punished. The law, which goes into effect Nov. 15, prohibits religious activities that affect Vietnam’s public order.
Vietnam permits state-run houses of worship, but bans religious activity that is not controlled by the government. Among other things, the law would require all clergy to seek permission to speak outside of their regular church or to hold any religious meetings.
The law also bans citizens from using religious freedom to “cause divisions” and outlaws any religious activities that “threaten social order or unity.”
Meanwhile, a number of Vietnamese religious dissidents remain in jail or under house arrest.

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