Hoang Thi Hanh, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region (Source: btgcp.gov.vn)

Yen Bai (VNA) – The Party and State always ensure the right to religious freedom of people in the northwestern region, helping them practice their religions and beliefs in line with law.

Hoang Thi Hanh, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region, made the statement at a conference to implement policies on Protestantism in the region and surrounding areas held in Yen Bai province on July 9.

The Party and Government’s religious policies and those on Protestantism in particular must be disseminated to local people, especially Protestant dignitaries and followers, in order to create a social consensus and improve the efficiency of State management in the field, she said.

Any law-breaking religious activities or those making the corrupt use of religions and beliefs to divide the great national unity must be strictly punished.

It is necessary to increase inspections on the implementation of religious policies while further promoting the role of ethnic minority dignitaries in preserving and upholding the nation’s cultural values, she noted.

The conference was co-organised by the steering committee and the Government Committee for Religious Affairs.-VNA