Vietnam: Religious Freedom:Written question - 136453

Asked by Nigel Dodds
(Belfast North)
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Vietnam: Religious Freedom
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 by: Mark Field
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.

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