quinta-feira, 22 de março de 2007

Cong Dong Ton Giao Baha'i Vietnam

Ainda sobre o reconhecimento oficial da religião bahá'í no Vietname, aqui fica mais uma notícia, agora com origem em fontes vietnamitas.

Tomando como exemplo apenas a situação dos baha’is, não posso deixar de notar o contraste entre esta nação sofrida do sudeste asiático e países como o Irão ou o Egipto. O primeiro dá sinais de abertura no que toca à liberdade de consciência, enquanto que os restantes parecem querer entrincheirar-se em regimes de apartheid religioso.

Sobre os Baha’is do Vietname existe este site pessoal: Baha’is in Vietnam

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Nation's Baha'i community gets religious recognition

VietNamNet Bridge – Cong Dong Ton Giao Baha'i Vietnam (Baha'i Community of Vietnam) 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 Vietnam's laws, the committee said.

Baha'i followers have been present in Vietnam 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.

Deputy committee head, Nguyen The Doanh, said the committee had recently granted operation registration certificates to three new religions and a religious sect in addition to six existing religions.

Those religious communities' receiving certificates include Tu An Hieu Nghia (Four Debts of Gratitude) in the southern An Giang Province, and Tinh Do Cu Si Phat Hoi Viet Nam (The Pure Land Buddhist Home-Practice Association) in 23 provinces from central to southern Vietnam.

Also, the Hoi Truyen Co Doc Giao Viet Nam (The Viet Nam Christian Religion Missionary Alliance) religious sect, whose followers are present in 14 central and central highlands provinces and cities, received certification.

"Other religions will also receive detailed guidelines from authorised agencies to apply for operation certifications," he said.

Vietnam has six religions recognised by the State, including Buddhism with about 10mil followers, Catholicism with 5.7mil, Protestantism with 1mil, Cao Dai with 2.3mil, Hoa Hao Buddhism with 1.3mil, and Islam with 65,000.

They have a total of 22,000 places of worship and 16 religious organisations.

(Source: Viet Nam News)

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Outras notícias que referem o assunto:
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Religious practice certificate granted to Baha'i community (Nhan Dan)
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Vietnam legalizes the Baha’i faith (ThanhnienNews.com)

3 comentários:

George Wesley disse...

Thank you for posting this. I remember when I was Baha'i youth in the 1960s how impressed I was reading about the focused activities of the Vietnamese Baha'i Community occurring simultaneously with the war there. The Baha'i-supported World Religion Day would be attended by large numbers of Vietnamese of all faiths.

Our Vietnamese-Americans living in our cluster will be pleased with this news as well.

george wesley disse...

Marco, I have not researched online for historical information about the Faith in Vietnam. The periodical Baha'i News carried many stories during the 60s and early 70's about the community. It would be helpful if those stories were also in digital storage, but I don't know that they are.

Thank you for alerting me to the problems associated with my email. I use the one at my work, but it sounds like it is time for me to get a different one.

Marco disse...

George,
Preserving our memories as Baha'is is important. I am sure future generations will love to know about that.

I remember reading somewhere that there where thousands baha'is in Vietnam before 1975.
How could they live during the war? How hard was their lifes? What kind of problems did they face and how did they overcome such problems?

I would like to preserve some of the memories of the Baha'is who lived in the former Portuguese African colonies before the independence. I know some of them where persecuted and arrested by the police. And the first African Baha'i martyr died at the hands of the Portuguese political police. His name was Eduardo Vieira, and he was from Guinea-Bissau. It happened on the 31st March 1966