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Vietnam: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 136453, tabled on 18 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Vietnamese Government on the need to respect fundamental freedoms and the freedom of religion.

Answered on

24 April 2018

​We discuss human rights on a regular basis with the Vietnamese government both bilaterally and through multilateral fora. At the UK-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue in January 2018, I expressed concern at the restrictions on civil and political rights in Vietnam, including freedom of expression and assembly, and stressed the need for the Vietnamese government to create space for civil society. The UK also raised concerns about worsening restrictions on freedom of expression in Vietnam at the 37th Human Rights Council in March.