Vietnam slams US over annual religious freedom report
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Vietnam slams US over annual religious freedom report

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has slammed the U.S. State Department’s annual religious freedom report, calling it “unobjective” and containing “erroneous information.”

The section in the 2014 report on Vietnam said government authorities, particularly at the local level, continued to limit the activities of unregistered religious groups.

It also said members of these and other groups reported convictions, assaults, excessive use of force, detentions, monitoring, hindering of movement, denials of registrations and other permissions, and other harassment.

At a press briefing Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh defended Vietnam’s religious freedom record. He said that while the U.S. report did acknowledge some improvements, its assessment was “unobjective” and cited “erroneous information.”