Religious believers in Vietnam experience increasing repression

By UCA News reporter | La Croix

If you are following a non-sanctioned religion in Vietnam you can expect harassment from the authorities, according to a religious freedom watchdog.

“We recorded 59 violations of religious freedom by the government in 2016, an increase of nine from 2015,” Father Anthony Le Ngoc Thanh, head of the Vietnam-based Association to Protect Freedom of Religion, told ucanews.com.

Father Thanh said the authorities targeted Catholics and followers of unrecognized religious groups such as Cao Dai, Hoa Hao Buddhism, the Unified Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam and small Christian groups in remote areas.

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