He highly spoke of achievements of the LFNC Central Committee in the national development over the recent years and the Committees organization of the International Buddhist Conference between Laos-Viet Nam-Cambodia at the end of 2018 in Laos, adding that Viet Nam will do its utmost to prepare for the event.
The host suggested the LFNC, the Viet Nam Front Fatherland and the Mass Mobilization Commission of the Vietnamese Party Central Committee enhance communications among people at all levels on Viet Nam-Laos special ties as well as continue supporting each other at international forums for the sake of each side and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
He expected that the Lao Party, State, Government and LFNC will create favorable policies for Vietnamese community in Laos to stabilize their lives and make contribution to Lao socio-economic development and Viet Nam-Laos special relationship.
In one case, at a World Bank organized meeting in 2006 or 2007 and hosted by the LFNC
, a Hmong deputy director of a department in one of the Ministries confronted the Hmong deputy President of the LFNC
, Tong Yeu Thao, who was chairing the meeting.
The LFNC officially recognizes only two Protestant groups the LEC and the Seventh-day Adventist Church--and requires all non-Catholic Christian groups to operate under one of these organizations.
While the decree provides that the Government "respects and protects legitimate activities of believers," it also seeks to ensure that religious practice "conforms to the laws and regulations." Decree 92 reserves for the LFNC the "right and duty to manage and promote" religious practice, requiring that nearly all aspects of religious practice receive the approval of the LFNC office having responsibility for the village, district, and province where the activity occurs and, in some cases, requiring approval from the central level LFNC.
As the LEC has grown, an increased diversity of views has emerged among adherents and pastors, and one or two groups quietly have sought to register with the LFNC as separate denominations.
New guidelines issued by the LFNC in early 2004 required all other Protestant denominations wishing to establish congregations in the country to do so.
New guidelines issued by the LFNC in early 2004 require all other Protestant denominations wishing to establish congregations in the country to do so under the aegis of the LEC.
However, in practice the Government is able to impose restrictions on religious activities through the required LFNC approval.
However, the LFNC at times used its offices to mitigate the arbitrary behavior of local officials in some areas where harassment of Christian religious minorities had been most severe.
Since March the LFNC has required all Protestant groups to become a part of the LEC and has not allowed other Protestant churches to operate openly other than the Seventh-day Adventist Church.