Protestant practices facilitated in line with law hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Dak Lak (VNA) – Authorities of the central and Central Highlands localities, along with Binh Phuoc province in the south – which are home to a large number of Protestants in Vietnam, will continue facilitating religious practices in line with the law.

This was agreed as part of the provinces’ religious work with a focus on Protestantism between 2016 and 2020, heard a meeting held by the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands and the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs on May 25.

The provinces will also enhance State management over Protestantism and ensure people’s rights to the freedom of religion and belief. At the same time, efforts will be made to bring into play the religion’s positive values and encourage followers to contribute to national development and protection.

Local authorities will work harder to prevent and fight hostile forces’ plots to take advantage of Protestantism, while guaranteeing political security and social order and safety. They will also enhance the solidarity of local Protestant dignitaries and followers in the great national unity bloc.

The provinces are also instructed to do their best in licensing the operation of Protestant groups, particularly those in rural and border areas, along with strengthening relations with Protestant organisations.

Since 2005, the Central Highlands provinces (Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Nong and Lam Dong) have recognised 223 branches and licensed 544 groups of Protestants. A total of 121 places of worship have been built or repaired.

The provincial administrations have also recognised the appointment and reinstatement of 378 dignitaries and opened Protestant doctrine teaching courses for nearly 77,000 followers.-VNA