Freedom of religion and belief abused (Part 1)

01/07/2017

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Freedom of religion and belief abused

The exploitation of the right to freedom of belief and religion to undermine the Party and State with a view to inciting sociopolitical instability represents a  frequently used plot in the hostile forces’ strategy of peaceful evolution. The struggle against this malicious conspiracy, therefore, is an urgent task today.
In fact, this scheme of the hostile forces is nothing new; it was used to deliberately sabotage previous socialist countries. The question is, why do they utilize thoroughly this plot against Vietnam? Maybe, it is not difficult to give an answer to this question.
Vietnam is a multiracial and multi-religious society which has a fairly high rate of religious people in the Vietnamese community. If the hostile forces were able to exploit the majority of religious people, their acts of  sabotage would have great effects, not to mention other related consequences. This is where the maliciousness and danger of the plot lie. In other aspects, our State is a socialist law-governed one whose rights of citizens and right to freedom of belief and religion are stipulated and guaranteed by the Constitution and legislation. Besides bold interference, they have thoroughly taken advantage of the term “freedom”, but deliberately ignored the latter part “… within the law” to coordinate acts of sabotage with the aim of fueling sociopolitical instability, advancing towards abolishing the leading role of the Communist Party of Vietnam and socialist regime in our country. In order to carry out this scheme, the hostile forces have used every expedient to release the grip of State on religion; given the opposing forces both material and spiritual support; and empowered religion in Vietnam to become a political force “counterbalanced” with the Party. They have chosen “religious freedom” as a “fuse” to undermine Vietnam; and absolutized the universality and popularity of rights in religious field by means of the theoretical point: “sovereignty superseded by human rights.” At the same time, they argued that “Vietnam regards religion as the Party and State’s means of propaganda to bolster the State’s policies on the development of economy, culture, security, defence, and so on.” They have capitalized on matters arising from religious people’s life and religious practices and weaknesses of authorities at various levels in the control and implementation of religious policy, especially matters related to land clearance and compensation, places of worship, etc., to incite the masses and followers of religious groups to destroy property, resist law enforcement forces, destabilize security and social order, and obstruct traffic. They have even filmed and taken photographs of the aforementioned actions to exaggerate and distort realities, misrepresent the Party’s guidelines and policies, and falsely accuse our State of violating democracy and human rights, suppressing religion, and so on.
Exiled reactionaries have colluded with the opposing and malcontent forces inside the country to collect racial and religious information in Vietnam for the purpose of distorting and misrepresenting truth. Then they disseminate those pieces of information on the Internet with a view to damaging Vietnam’s prestige in the international arena. They have also taken advantage of radical congressmen of several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, etc., and international organizations such as the Human Right Watch (HRW) and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to request these organizations to adopt reports, resolutions, and communiqué containing distorted content, making the international community misunderstand religious situation in Vietnam. Typical examples include: the annual reports to Congress on international religious freedom submitted by the U.S. Department of State; the United Kingdom annual reports on human rights; Australian annual reports on human rights, the European Parliament resolutions, and so on. Every year, the United States House of Representatives passes many bills and resolutions regarding human rights situation (as well as religious issues) in Vietnam such as H.R.1587 (Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2004), H.R.3096 (Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2007), H.R.1410 (Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2012, H.R.1897 (Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013, H.Res.484, and so on. Particularly, they have sought to call upon, through radical politicians (Loretta Sanchez, Zoe Lofgren, Christopher H. Smith…), the United States Congress to return Vietnam to the list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) despite different religious situation in Vietnam.
In the process leading the revolution, the Party and State have promulgated many resolutions, directives and legal documents to ensure increasingly improved human rights in various fields, including the right to freedom of belief and religion. Having implemented those resolutions and directives, Vietnam has made great progress in ensuring the right to freedom of belief and religion of its people. Religious groups have never enjoyed such favourable conditions for their development. According to preliminary statistics, 40 religious organizations from 14 different religions with over 25 million followers, 53,000 dignitaries, 133,000 ministers, and 28,000 places of worship have been recognized and authorized to practice their religions by the State as of early 2017. Religions have had their own training system nationwide. Most of religious organizations have published their own newspapers, magazines, and bulletins. The State has allowed religious groups to publish prayer books in ethnic languages such as bibles in Bahnar, Ede, and Jarai languages and Buddhist sutras in Khmer language, and so on. In addition, the Government has paid much attention to approving the registration of places to practice Protestantism. Followers of Protestantism can practice their religion individually at home, or collectively in registered places.

International cooperation activities in religious realm are attached great importance to. The Government has created good conditions for religions to broaden international relations. Many international religious delegations have paid working visits to Vietnam, and many Vietnamese delegations of religious dignitaries have visited and studied abroad. Vietnam has successfully held many major religious events appreciated by international community, including the United Nations Day of Vesak in 2008 and 2014; the 11th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women (in 2009); the 100th Anniversary of the Arrival of Protestantism in Vietnam (in 2011); the ASEAN Buddhist Summit in 2016, and so on.
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