» 12/28/2015, 00.00
Vietnamese authorities prohibit thousands of Kontum Christians from celebrating Christmas
At least 5 thousand faithful of Đăk Lâk parish and 3 thousand others in the Xê- Đăng parish were not allowed attend Christmas Day celebrations. The faithful denounce a "serious violation" of human rights and religious freedom. Priests are targeted as "unwelcome" by local Communist leaders. The area is inhabited mainly by tribal Montagnards.
Hanoi celebrates Christmas with a series of attacks against Christians
Faithful beaten and arrested, religious sisters threatened. These the most recent episodes in a campaign that has seen a bishop prevented from celebrating Christmas mass, raids against a church and a revival of the "patriotic" Catholic.
Hanoi's policy: eliminate Catholics
There is a fundamental lack of understanding on the part of the authorities of the very idea of religion behind the choice of oppression and discrimination as seen in the trial against the parishioners of Thai Ha.
Christians forced to choose between denying their faith or fleeing their homes
Entire families are forced out of their homes if they refuse to deny their faith. Here is a witness who was persecuted for six years, a victim of threats who was beaten and expelled from his village.
21/12/2017 13:19:00 CHINA
Communist Party bans Christmas, calls it “spiritual opium”
Party and government officials must promote traditional Chinese culture, not attend banquets and ceremonies. Shenyang University bans students from meeting to celebrate Christmas. In Gansu, Commerce and Industry Department forces business to remove Christmas trees from its online store.
Hanoi frees prisoners of conscience on the anniversary of reunification
A young Mennonite woman and a Catholic priest are among those released. But for Amnesty International Vietnam is still far from guaranteeing freedom of religion and of expression. Nothing is known of Rev Pham Ngoc Lien who was also scheduled to be released.
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