Nation’s Baha’i Community Gets Religious Recognition

March 22, 2007

Source: Vietnam News

HCM CITY — Cong Dong Ton Giao Baha’i Viet Nam (Baha’i Community of Viet Nam) held a ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the awarding of its certificate of operation from the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs last month.

The objectives and orientation of the Baha’i religion, which was founded in late 1844 in Iran, were in line with Viet Nam’s laws, the committee said.

Baha’i followers have been present in Viet Nam since 1954, and have made significant contributions to the country, particularly in areas of education, health care, trade and environment.

The Baha’i community now has six places of worship and more than 6,880 followers in five provinces in the central and southern regions.

"The State policy on religion respects and ensures freedom of belief and religion for all Vietnamese citizens as stipulated in the country’s first constitution in 1946 and in revised versions," Ngo Yen Thi, head of the Committee for Religious Affairs, said.