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For Vietnamese religious leaders, new law is "a step backward” in terms of religious freedom
A proposed law on religious practices continues to fuel controversy. For the government, it "enshrines" the right to religious freedom. For its critics, the bill does not entail any rights. In fact, it enshrines government control over religion. For Vietnamese cardinal, the authorities’ openness is phoney.
Hanoi ignores Caodaists and Catholics who criticise new religious bill for violating human rights
Proposed new legislation fails to grant religions any status or recognise the right to freedom of religion. Adversarial in their attitude, the authorities view religions suspiciously, and want to regiment their actions through legal restrictions. Caodaist and Catholic religious leaders publicly slam the draft bill, but Vietnam’s National Assembly is unmoved by critics and alternative proposals.
30/08/2016 14:25:00 VIETNAM
Vietnamese government speeds up approval of new religious law
A new bill was drafted in mid-August, but has not yet been released. The authorities want to approve it this year. A Buddhist leader and a Catholic praised the law at a Patriotic Front meeting. However, critics continue to slam the draft for its restrictions on the activities of religious communities.
17/02/2016 11:50:00 PAKISTAN
Pakistan: Christians and Muslims divided on "State sermons"
The Provincial Assembly of Sindh wants to introduce a law to control the preaching of the ulema. The sermons will be released only if previously approved by the government. All Islamic parties oppose the draft. The Catholic Church points out the pros and cons. "The new law will curb sectarianism," but "in the future we may also be asked to register our homilies".
Religious tolerance bill creates news problems in Indonesia
Parliament and government submit draft bill to solve confessional conflicts, which have flared up in recent years. However, the proposal has generated a heated debate among scholars and in civil society. Bishops call for “a law that guarantees the right to practice one’s faith”.
Vietnamese Catholic activists on trial for "propaganda against the state"
The four, charged under Article 88 of the Criminal Code, charged with distributing anti-government leaflets. They face a sentence ranging from three to 20 years in prison. In fact they are young people involved in social work, promoting Church programs and activities against abortion. HRW: Vietnam against freedom of religion and expression.
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