Vietnam: A report denounces religious repressions

Source: FSSPX News

According to a report drafted by 24 independent organizations and published by the Vatican press agency Fides on February 5, at least 105 persons are presently imprisoned for religious motives in Vietnam. The document denounces, “the forbidding of the cult and of religious meetings”, the torture “of monks and of faithful”, “the demolition of religious structures”, accused of being activities that “aim to overthrow the administration of the people” and punished by local penal law.

Vietnam is officially a “Socialist Republic”. Only one party is authorized, the Vietnamese Communist Party that controls all the country’s political institutions. Present in the region since the 17th century, the Catholics represent 6.8% of the population, that is, 5,600,000 faithful.

(sources: apic/fides – DICI no. 311 dated February 27, 2015)

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