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The “Jesus Church” is concentrated in provinces including Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, and Thanh Hoa
State-backed Catholic church elders have been warned that their faith needs to "better adapt itself to a socialist society"
Their comments came as groups across Vietnam complained of police harassment during a day of remembrance
Vietnam is frequently listed as a country where people's religious freedom is still infringed
The church member was charged with "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State"
The Chengdu-based house church was holding its in-person service at a tea shop when more than 20 police officers raided the venue
Police armed with guns and shock batons raided separate locations of the Duong Van Minh religious group
Le Tung Van from the Peng Lei House Buddhist Church was sentenced on July 21 on charges of "abusing democratic freedoms"
Vietnam's Interfaith Council said sentence was a serious violation of the issue of freedom of religion and belief