Freedom of belief and religion respected in Vietnam

(VOVWORLD) - Hostile forces against the Vietnamese Party and State always distort that religion is oppressed in Vietnam and Vietnamese people have no freedom to practice their religion and choose their belief. But in fact, legal religious activities are respected in Vietnam and practiced nationwide.
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Vietnam is a multi-religion country with 43 religious organizations of 16 religions having legal status. Along with the development of religious organizations, the number of religious followers has increased. More than 95% of Vietnamese people hold some religious belief and more than 27% or 24.3 million people are religious followers. There are 53,000 religious dignitaries and 28,000 worshiping establishments. These figures are evidence of the openness in Vietnam’s policies on ensuring freedom of religion and belief. They also reflect the Vietnamese Party, State, and government’s commitment to promoting a law-governed state for religion. Religious activities are practiced nationwide in diverse forms.

Do Quang Hung, Head of the Religion Advisory Council of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, said: "Religion, belief, and spirits are the three pillars of Vietnamese people’s spiritual life. Vietnam is a place where religions are diverse. According to international research on religion, Vietnam is one of the countries typical for religious awareness. Facilities and activities of religious organizations are diverse, meeting people’s demand, and have received international recognition. In the last 7-8 years, Vietnam has also promoted religious activities of foreigners in Vietnam. I think it’s a positive move of the Vietnamese State. Foreigners not only practice religion in worshiping establishments, they can also have their own places, or rent places for practicing their religion. In addition, Vietnamese religious organizations have also enhanced international cooperation. Vietnamese religious people have travelled overseas for medical treatment and participate in religious activities overseas."

The Vietnamese State pursues a consistent policy of respecting and ensuring the right to freedom of religion and belief and freedom of non-belief and non-religion. This is clearly stipulated in Vietnam’s Constitution and law. The 2016 Law on Religion and Belief stipulates citizens’ fundamental right to freedom of religion and belief.

Mr. Hung said: "The law has three major changes. First, the people’s right to freedom of religion and belief are better ensured in line with international treaties, Second, the law addresses a series of issues concerning worshiping establishments, land, religious property, and even publication and information issues. Third, the law legalizes all participants to freedom of religion and belief. Religious organizations have their interests and also their obligations. So have leaders of religious organizations and the Vietnam Fatherland Front - the largest socio-economic organization which oversees and facilitates the realization of laws."

Freedom of religion and belief has been one of the issues that hostile forces take advantage of to intervene into Vietnam’s internal affairs. But the reality of religious practices and activities in Vietnam is a strong response to distortions.