Vietnam: State Grants Adventists Certificate of Religious Practice
After more than 30 years of seeking official recognition of religious activity, Adventists in Vietnam are now worshipping freely.
In late December 2006, Vietnam’s Committee for Religious Affairs officially granted certificates of religious practice to Adventists, Baptists, and other religious groups, reports Vietnam’s Thanh Nien News. The certification guarantees religious groups the right to favorable conditions for religious practice, freedom to print and distribute literature, the right to build and upgrade places of worship, and the legal leeway to organize meetings, seminars, and other religious events.
Adventists leaders in Vietnam say they hope the certification will signal a new era of religious liberty for the country’s approximately 13,000 Adventists worshipping in seven churches and some 100 small groups.
—Adventist News Network/AR.