Religious Persecution in Vietnam Term Paper

Religious Persecution in Vietnam
Describes the history and present status of religious persecution in Vietnam.
# 147430 | 1,600 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper first explains that the many different countries, which have occupied Vietnam, brought with them Vietnam's many different religious beliefs, mainly Buddhism, Roman Catholicism, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao and Protestantism. Next, the author relates that, although the Vietnam government claims full freedom of religion by law, in reality, the present Communist government sees religion as a threat and has taken a brutal stand against it. The paper details the harsh ways that people are punished when they are caught practicing a religion in a so-called illegal manner. The paper includes a chart listing religious prisoners in Vietnam.

From the Paper:

"Prisoners hope for the assignment of 12-16 hour days of hard labor. Then at least they can get out of their cells. If a prisoner is questioned about his religious beliefs, and he refuses to talk, then they are placed in solitary confinement. Solitary confinement consists of a concrete cell, with no bedding, and only a small slit in the wall for light. Many prisoners are also shackled to floor in solitary confinement, and they then must lie in their own waste for days. Women in prison receive similar punishment, along with being stripped naked for the guards' amusement."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harvey, Bob, (2000, May). Vietnam's War on Religion. Retrieved December 12, 2006, from
  • No Sanctuary, Ongoing Threats to Indigenous Montagnards in Vietnam, Central Highlands, (July, 2006).Human Rights Watch, Vol. 18, No. 4. 55-129.
  • Religious /freedom: Once shunned, Vietnam's religious faithful pack churches and temples, (2006). AP, via the International Herald Tribune, USA. Retrieved December8, 2006, from
  • Taylor, Philip, (2001). Apocalypse Now? Hoa Hao Buddhism Emerging from the Shadows of War. Anthopology, The university of Western Australia, (Vol 12, Issue 3), 339-354. Retrieved 1/6/07 from EBSCO.
  • Vietnam War, (n.d.). The National Archives Learning Curve. Retrieved from January 15, 2006 from

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Religious Persecution in Vietnam (2011, March 31) Retrieved June 02, 2020, from

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"Religious Persecution in Vietnam" 31 March 2011. Web. 02 June. 2020. <>