Vietnam Persecutes Christian Minority

Seth Mydans, New York Post, Mar.31, www.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/world/asia/01vietnam.html?_r=1

Vietnam has increased repression of indigenous minority Christians in the country’s Central Highlands, closing small informal churches, compelling public renunciations of faith and arresting worshipers, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Thursday.

Officially atheist, Communist Vietnam started allowing religious practice in the early 1990s. Mostly Buddhist by tradition, it also has a Roman Catholic population that is the largest in Southeast Asia outside the Philippines. Buddhist temples are packed during festivals, and churches sometimes overflow with worshippers on Sundays and at Easter and Christmas.

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