I Vietnam er forfølgelsen særlig sterk i nord og særlig rettet mot minoritetsgrupper, hvor evangeliet har hatt stor gjennomslagskraft. Kirkelig eiendom kan bli konfiskert av myndighetene.
In Vietnam, the level of persecution a believer faces depends on their denomination or background. Historical Christian communities like Roman Catholics enjoy a certain amount of freedom, although they may be imprisoned if they become politically active. Large plots of land owned by Catholic churches (for example, surrounding schools or convents) are sometimes confiscated by the state for development purposes.
The most intense persecution is reserved for non-traditional Protestants and converts from indigenous religions, especially in the remote areas of central and northern Vietnam. The majority belong to the country’s ethnic minorities, like the Hmong, and face social exclusion, discrimination and attacks.
Homes are sometimes destroyed, forcing Christians to leave their villages. In several cases, Christians fled abroad and claimed asylum (for example, in neighboring Cambodia), only to be sent back due to Vietnamese pressure.
Pressure on Christians has increased in almost every area of life. The new regulations on religion, implemented from Jan. 1, 2018 onwards, have added another source of uncertainty (although on paper they looked like an improvement). Tighter regulations on online communication have restricted and limited the space Christians enjoy even further. Pressure and violence against Christians belonging to ethnic minority groups continue unchanged.
There is pressure on all Christians, particularly in light of strong communist rhetoric. Outspoken Christians can be arrested, and believers are often viewed with suspicion. Converts and Protestants in rural areas tend to encounter the most acute persecution; they could face harassment, discrimination, social exclusion and attack because of their decision to follow Jesus.
Through local church partners, Open Doors supports Vietnamese believers by providing Christian literature. leadership and discipleship training, socio-economic projects, advocacy and relief aid.
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: 98,4 mill.
Kristne: ca. 8,9 mill.
Regjeringsform: Kommunistisk stat
Siste år: 21
Siste år: 72/100
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