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As a recent CNA article indicates, beatings, Church raids, arrests and even deaths are increasingly being inflicted on Catholics by authorities in Vietnam over conflicts concerning property rights.
As land values increases throughout the country, corrupt officials are attempting to claim land where Catholic churches are situated. Authorities have also started looking at Church properties seized years before such as Church-owned land in Thai Ha, the nunciature in Hanoi, and monasteries in South Vietnam. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2010 Annual Report noted: “Property disputes between the government and the Catholic Church continue to lead to harassment, property destruction, and violence, sometimes by ‘contract thugs’ hired by the government to break up peaceful prayer vigils.”
The Commission recommended that the State Department re-title Vietnam as a “country of particular concern” (CPC) on account of the Vietnamese government’s repression.