|Pham Dung, head of the Government's Committee for Religious Affairs, said this at a conference in HCM City yesterday to review the implementation of the ordinance over the past eight years.— Photo Chisnhphu.vn
HCM CITY (VNS)— The Ordinance on Religion and Belief has created a legal corridor to ensure people's right to religious freedom.
Pham Dung, head of the Government's Committee for Religious Affairs, said this at a conference in HCM City yesterday to review the implementation of the ordinance over the past eight years.
The Ordinance on Religion and Belief took effect on November 15, 2004, marking a milestone in the process of perfecting a system to regulate religious and belief activities.
Dung said the ordinance had "delighted dignitaries and religious followers, encouraged them to join the national unity bloc as well as national movements to promote socio-economic development".
However, apart from its practicality, the document had revealed limitations in some domains, said representatives of religious dignitaries at the conference.
They pointed to a number of concepts relating to religious activities and State management over religious activities, and the absence of regulations on State management over religious schools.
The registration and recognition of religious organisations faced difficulties in the absence of a legal foundation to clarify religions, beliefs and superstition, the representatives said. — VNS