VietNamNet Bridge – On February 28, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Government Committee for Religious Affairs organized a conference to review tasks assigned for 2011 and discuss the implementation of the tasks set for this year.
The conference reviewed the past five years of the Prime Minister’s instructions regarding Protestant Christian activities and housing and land related to religious affairs.
The Party and State guidelines and policies on religious affairs were implemented properly last year, including the organization of major events such as the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha, the Catholic Church of Vietnam Jubilee Year 2010 closing ceremony and the 100th anniversary of Protestantism in Vietnam.
Cadres involved in religious affairs at all levels helped manage religious activities according to the law and dealt with complex incidents in a timely manner, in addition to combating the abuse of human rights and the right to religious freedom.
In his speech at the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the 10th and 11th National Party Congress resolutions define nationality and religion in Vietnam and the world as complicated issues. However, religious activities in the country last year were kept under control, thanks to the great efforts of State agencies involved in this field.
The Party and State of Vietnam create favourable conditions for all people to follow their religions in accordance with the law. It is essential to create favourable conditions for Protestants to practice their religion in the northern mountainous areas and the Central Highlands. We should also fight against hostile forces that abuse Protestantism to drive a wedge between the people and religions and call for the establishment of a separate H’Mong State in the northern mountains and a Dega State in the Central Highlands, said Mr Phuc.
Concerning religion-related housing and land, the Deputy PM asked localities to gather data concerning housing and land related to religions, review the situation, and report to him soon.
It is imperative that we pay greater attention to religious people in the socio-economic development plan in order to facilitate their activities and beliefs, he stressed.
The conference also announced the Prime Minister’s decision to appoint Mr Pham Dung as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs cum Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs.