Thursday, October 3, 2002

Vietnam government is shocked - shocked that it would be put on a list of countries restricting religious freedom

Hanoi has insisted it respects religious freedom. It recognises six religious groups but bans several others it regards as sects. Last month, Hanoi refused permission for a European Parliament team to visit a Buddhist monk held under house arrest. An outspoken Catholic priest, Nguyen Van Ly, was ordered jailed for 15 years in 2001 on charges of undermining national unity and disobeying probation rules.

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