Believers from ethnic minority groups face the greatest persecution, which includes harassment, violent attacks and social exclusion. Villagers collude with local Communist authorities, beating believers, kicking them out of their villages and stoning places of worship during meetings. Non-Christian relatives cut family ties and deny inheritance. Local and national government authorities persecute the Christian minority through their laws, and Christian bloggers and political activists have been arrested and sentenced.
Thirty-nine Vietnamese migrants, found suffocated and frozen to death outside of London in October 2019, That the 39 Vietnamese migrants, who were found suffocated and frozen to death outside of London end of October 2019, were mainly Catholic Christians, shines a light on the pressure authorities are putting on them, even though they seem to have migrated mainly for economic reasons.
A sweeping 2018 law on religion, which looked like a possible improvement on paper, have not changed anything substantially, except adding another source of uncertainty. Tighter regulations on online communication helped in restricting and limiting the space Christians enjoy even further.
Historical Christian communities like Roman Catholics enjoy a certain amount of freedom unless they become politically active, which can lead to imprisonment. The government sometimes confiscates, for development purposes, significant Catholic holdings such as schools or hospitals.
Both non-traditional Protestants and converts from indigenous religions such as the Hmong are persecuted intensively, especially in the remote areas of central and northern Vietnam.
In WWL 2020, Vietnam’s score increased by 2 points but dropped one place in rank.
The score for violence and almost all spheres of life increased slightly. However, Algeria's larger score increase leapfrogged that country over Vietnam's place in the rankings.
Since the vast majority of Christians in Vietnam belong to ethnic minorities from the North and Central Highlands, they are the focus of our work. They face heavy pressure from local and national authorities. It is crucial to train and equip Christians in order to prepare them to be mature and able to withstand persecution.
Open Doors strengthens local Christians through:
Lord Jesus, thank You for the faith of our brothers and sisters in Vietnam. Please strengthen the faith of new believers, especially those from ethnic minorities like the Hmong. Move the hearts of government leaders by Your Holy Spirit to loosen restrictions on Christian minorities, and help Open Doors workers to distribute Bibles safely to believers.
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Leder: President Nguyen Phu Trong
Befolkning: 97,4 mill.
Kristne: ca. 8,7 mill.
Regjeringsform: Kommunistisk stat
Siste år: 20
Siste år: 70/100
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