New law in Vietnam 'will curtail free practice of religion'
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ASEAN lawmakers, human rights and religious groups call on government to revise a controversial draft law
A file image of a Catholic procession during Holy Year celebrations at So Kien Church, in the northern Vietnamese province of Ha Nam during November, 2009. (Photo by AFP)
ucanews.com reporter, Phnom Penh
October 10, 2016
Southeast Asian lawmakers joined more than 50 human rights and religious groups in calling on Hanoi to revise a controversial draft law on religion expected to pass in coming weeks.
Members of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights joined Vietnamese and international rights and religious groups in an open letter to Vietnam's President Nguyen Kim Ngan, urging his parliament to reject a law which they say falls short of its stated intent to protect freedom of religion.
The Law on Belief and Religion has been in discussion for more than a year and has been revised several times, but the letter says that a number of provisions will curtail free practice of religion.
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