Ambassador meets with head of World Evangelical Alliance in New York

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VIETNAM, April 7 –

Ambassador Đặng Hoàng Giang meets Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, General Secretary and CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in New York on Wednesday. — Photo VNA/VNS

NEW YORK — Ambassador Đặng Hoàng Giang, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the United Nations (UN), underlined Việt Nam’s consistent policy to guarantee and promote the right to freedom of belief and religion for all, without any discrimination.

During a meeting with Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, General Secretary and CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in New York on Wednesday (local time), the diplomat noted that the policy is enshrined in the Constitution, the 2016 law on creed and religion, and other relevant documents.

Therefore, religions in Việt Nam, including Protestantism, have favorable conditions for healthy development, contributing to national socio-economic stability and development, he said.

Việt Nam is home to over one million Protestants in all of its 63 cities and provinces, and some 90 organizations and groups.

Giang also stressed that Việt Nam is ready to dialogue and cooperate with countries and organizations on issues relating to human rights and religious freedom, in the spirit of mutual respect and understanding.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs last month launched Việt Nam’s voluntary mid-term report on the implementation of the recommendations of the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and announced the country’s candidacy for the Council of United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 mandate, he underlined.

For his part, Schirrmacher expressed his impression of Việt Nam’s policies, laws and achievements in protecting and promoting human rights, including religious freedom, as well as the spirit of open dialogue. , constructive and sincere of the ambassador in this area.

The two sides also compared notes on regional and international issues of common concern such as climate change and UN reform.

Founded in London in 1846, the WEA seeks to strengthen local churches through national alliances, supporting and coordinating grassroots leaders and seeking practical ways to show the unity of the body of Christ. —VNS

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