Religious conflicts and the skills required to solve them were discussed in depth by state officials, religious dignitaries and researchers during a workshop held in Ho Chi Minh City on March 26.

According to Hoang Van Chung from the Institute for Religious Studies, to avoid disagreements among people of different religions, it is necessary to generate mutual understanding and respect between them, as well as with secular groups. Improved education is required to improve this, he said.

He also declared that extremism must first be tackled with non-violent solutions, and called on safe locations to be made available to religious groups holding talks.

Bui Thanh Ha, permanent Vice Chairman of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs, stated that Vietnam promises freedom of religion to all citizens and strictly prohibits religious discrimination.-VNA