Vietnam is ranked #19 on the Open Doors 2021 World Watch List of Christian persecution.
Three major religions dominate Vietnam. These include Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The government continues to monitor the activities of Christians and sees them as threat even through they can attend church legally. Christians converts face pressure and violence from their families and communities. In 2018 the Vietnamese National Assembly ratified a Law on Belief and Religion. The law forbids practical activities of religious groups without government’s approval or registration .
Persecution: There is a very high level of persecution against Christians in Vietnam. Christians are considered traitors especially by village leaders and local authorities; they are often pressured by their communities, excluded, and even subject to violence and expulsion. Most Vietnamese Christians are also ethnic minorities and these people face the highest levels of persecution, often from their own families and communities.