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Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Vietnamese government on the treatment of Protestants in the northern mountainous region; and if she will make a statement. (108671)

The UK, with our EU partners, regularly raises human rights issues with the Vietnamese government. We remain concerned about the situation of non-recognised Protestant groups in Vietnam. Officials from our Embassy in Hanoi are in contact with Protestant Church leaders to keep abreast of developments. The EU will take the opportunity to again raise the issue of religious freedom with the Vietnamese government at the next EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue in Hanoi scheduled to take place on 20 December.