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Vietnam Facts

Score: 69 / 100
Region: Asia
Persecution Type: Communist and Post-communist Oppression
Persecution Level: Very High
Population: 95,415,000
Christians: 8,368,000
Main Religion: Atheism
Government: Communist State
Leader: President Tran Dai Quang

Profile of Persecution Methodology

Violence 44%
Church Life 82%
National Life 85%
Community Life 76%
Family Life 50%
Private Life 74%

Where Persecution Comes From

In Vietnam, Christian persecution is due to local and national governments in addition to tribal culture. Vietnam is one of only five countries in the world that is still ruled by a Communist party. Laws are passed that disadvantage the Christian minority, and their implementation at the grassroots level leads to persecution from local officials. Roman Catholics are by far the largest Christian community in the country, but are seen as suspect for their ties to foreign powers. Ethnic group leaders see Christians as traitors to the tribal culture and identity, and villagers often work with them to persecute believers accordingly. The “Montagnards,” an ethnic minority with many Protestant Christians, are viewed with particular suspicion by government officials.

How Christians are Suffering

Historical Christian communities experience relative freedom in Vietnam, although they are still monitored by the government on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers. Politically outspoken Catholics are targeted, arrested and sentenced. Catholic congregations also have their land taken by the government for development and financial gain, despite protests in opposition. It is converts from folk religions, as well as Protestant Christians, that experience the most intense persecution, especially in the rural and remote areas of Central and North Vietnam. These believers face exclusion, harassment, discrimination, loss of property and even violent attack for their faith. Many who flee to neighboring countries for asylum are sent back to Vietnam.


In 2017, at least 50 Montagnard Christian refugees fled from Cambodia to Thailand to avoid repatriation to Vietnam.

In June 2017, vandals attacked the church building of a Catholic congregation that has criticized the government’s handling of a devastating toxic waste spill.

In 2017, several Catholic activists and bloggers and Protestant pastors were jailed, even deporting a Catholic professor to France and a Protestant pastor to the US.

Pray for Vietnam

  • Pray for proper discipleship of the many ethnic minorities coming to faith in rural areas.
  • Pray for family members pressuring their relatives to return to traditional faiths and rituals. Pray that they would come to faith in Christ through their Christian relatives.
  • As the Christian minority grows, the government works hard to monitor churches and curb the growth of Christianity. Pray for a loosening of restrictions and increased freedom.

Stories from Vietnam

February 9, 2018

Why One Christian in Vietnam Wants to Preach to His Persecutors

In rare video footage, secret believer 28-year-old Vang Atu shares his powerful story of God's protection and provision--after the day…


November 29, 2017

Being Hmong and Standing for the Gospel in Vietnam

In Vietnam, an increasing number of Hmong are converting to Christianity from the group's traditional religion of animism--a decision that…


November 17, 2017

Why This Bible Smuggler Risks His Life in Vietnam

Bao has given away more than 100,000 children’s Bibles throughout Vietnam, where churches gather in secret, squeezed by increasing restrictions…