New Report: Four Ways the Vietnamese Government Controls Religious Practitioners

Trinh Huu Long
Trinh Huu Long

A new report suggests that there are four methods the Vietnamese government uses to control the practice of religion in the country: 1) using legal documents and other administrative regulations; 2) using the propaganda apparatus; 3) dividing to rule; 4) using physical violence (beating, intimidation, imprisonment).

The report, “Assessment of the 2016 Law on Belief and Religion in relation to the Exercise of the Right to Freedom of Religion and Belief in Vietnam”, was researched and written by journalist Pham Doan Trang and other members of the Religions Research Group – an independent civil society group in Vietnam.

Not only pointing out the government’s tactics, the report also analyzes the Vietnam’s Law on Belief and Religion 2016 and compares it to the international human rights standards.

The report in English is available to download here (PDF) with the authors’ consent.

The Vietnamese version of the report can be found here.

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Trinh Huu Long

A journalist and democracy advocate at @luatkhoatapchi and @thevnmesemag magazines. He's also a co-director of Legal Initiatives for Vietnam, a nonprofit organization that runs The Vietnamese.