HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam had always pursued a policy of safeguarding citizens' rights to religion and freedom of belief as laid down in the Constitution and legal framework, the head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Pham Dung, said yesterday.
Addressing an international conference in Ha Noi, Dung, who also acts as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, said religious practices were common throughout the country, since a quarter of the population was religious. The country had 14 religions, 38 religious organisations, 78,000 religious dignitaries and more than 24 million believers.
Religions and spiritual beliefs diversified Vietnamese culture, Dung staid, adding that dignitaries and believers played an active role in the processes of nation-building and national security.
Delphine Malard, head of the Politics, Press and Information Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Viet Nam, spoke highly of the positive changes in religious policies in Viet Nam.
She said no nation was perfect in terms of religious freedom, touching upon the need to consider the role of religion and beliefs in driving development.
After the conference, a training course on religious issues will be held in Buon Ma Thuat city in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak from September 29-30.
Religious figures and State officials working in the field of religion in 15 localities in the Central Highlands and southern region will attend. — VNA