Scientific Seminar: “Limits of Religious Freedom Rights”
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Overview of the seminar

Co-chairmen of the seminar were Assoc. Prof, Dr. Tuong Duy Kien, General Director of the Institute of Human Rights; Assoc. Prof, Dr. Do Lan Hien, General Director of the Institute of Religion and Beliefs and Prof.Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, President of the International Society for Human Rights (Frankfurt), Associate Secretary General of the Theological Commission, The World Evangelical Alliance (New York, Bonn), President of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo, Brasilia), Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany (Munich), extraordinary professor of the sociology of religion at the State University of the West (Timisoara, Romania).

In his opening speech, Assoc. Prof, Dr. Tuong Duy Kien briefly presented some outstanding international cooperation activities in research and teaching of the Institute of Human Rights recently. He also welcomed the visit of Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher to Vietnam, considering this as a good opportunity for the two sides to exchange and share issues relating to human rights and religious freedom in the current global context.

At the seminar, Prof.Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher overviewed issues about religious freedom in the world in general and in Germany in particular. He specifically emphasized Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Accordingly, he shared the views on the existing limits of religious freedom rights and the conflicts between religious freedom and other social issues. He also pointed out the necessary limits for religious freedom rights, and condemned extreme nationalism and its negative consequences for the safety and development of countries in the world.

At the end of the seminar, scientists and students asked questions and talked with Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher on the main contents of his presentation. Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher enthusiastically responded to the questions. Meanwhile, he provided more new information, clarified the theoretical and practical issues related to religious freedom and the limits of religious freedom rights.

In his closing speech, Assoc. Prof, Dr. Tuong Duy Kien would like to thank Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, and highly appreciated the lecture and the useful knowledge that the professor provided to the lecturers and students, helping to improve their level as well as supplementing and updating new knowledge for teaching, researching and studying at the Academy.

News, photo: Le Dat (the Institute of Human Rights)

Translator: Le Huyen, Proofreader: Nguyen Thi Viet Nga