The Ordinance on Religion and Belief has created a favourable legal corridor for ensuring the right to religious freedom.
Pham Dung, Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, said this on May 20 while speaking at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City to review the implementation of the Ordinance over the past eight years.
The Ordinance took effect on November 15, 2004, marking a milestone in perfecting a legal system to regulate religious activities in the country.
Dung said religious dignitaries and followers are generally satisfied with the Ordinance, which has encouraged them to join the national unity bloc and nationwide movements to promote socio-economic development.
Reviewing the enforcement of the legal document, Dung said that any proposed revisions and supplements to the Ordinance can be submitted to relevant State agencies to help create a law on region and belief that will safeguard the rights of individuals and organisations in line with the country’s socio-economic development.
Representatives of religious dignitaries at the conference said that although the Ordinance is essentially practical, it still has some limitations.
They pointed out a number of items related to certain religious activities and the State’s management of them, as well as the absence of regulations on State management of religious schools once they have been established.
Religious organisations also face difficulties in registering and being recognised as there is no legal foundation that defines religion, belief, and superstition, the representatives said.