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Worldwide Christian Persecutions for 'Laos'

Three Lao, Two Thai Christians Arrested in Laos

Members of Lao military dismissed for embracing Christian faith. By Sarah Page

Lao Police Arrest Pastor for Spreading Faith

Officials threaten, arrest Christians in Savannakhet Province. By Sarah Page

Lao Officials Arrest Five Christians in Southern Village

Visitors to church charged with ‘leading religious movement without official approval.’ By Sarah Page

Lao Officials Confiscate Church Buildings

Separately, northern officials order Christians to give up faith or be expelled. By Sarah Page

Lao Officials: Give Up Your Faith or Face Eviction

DUBLIN, December 23 MPBS24/7(A CDN REPORT) – Nearly 50 Christians await their fate today after officials in Natoo village, southern Laos, on Wednesday (Dec. 21) summoned four of their leaders and warned that they would evict the entire church “within 24 hours” if they refused to give up their faith. Officials told the Christians they had forfeited their right to live in the village because of their faith, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) reported. The church in Natoo village, Palansai district of Savannakhet Province meets every week in the home of church leader Sompu. Immediately after the discussion with Natoo officials, Sompu reported the incident to sub-district police, but at press time district officials had not intervened, according to HRWLRF. Village officials have violated Lao law, the Constitution and international human rights standards by threatening eviction on the basis of religious belief, an HRWLRD spokesperson said. The Natoo eviction notice came less than a week after officials in Boukham village, just five kilometers away from Natoo, arrested eight church leaders for organizing a Christmas event attended by some 200 Christians. The arrests – and putting seven of the leaders in wooden stocks – came even though Christians had secured permission for the event. Two of the church leaders have since been released after paying steep fines, the first on Sunday (Dec. 18) and the second one this morning, according to a source who preferred to go unnamed. “We are at a critical juncture,” the HRWLRF spokesman told Compass. “Persecution is likely to spread without strong intervention from central government.”

Lao Officials Force Christians to Recant for Burial

Separately in Boukham village, authorities move Christians to animal pen. By Sarah Page

Lao Officials: Give Up Your Faith or Face Eviction

Days after church leaders arrested, officials target 47 Christians in neighboring village. By Sarah Page

Lao Officials Arrest Eight Christian Leaders

After Christmas gathering, one pastor fined and seven placed in stocks. By Sarah Page

Lao Officials Seize Church Building, Convert It into School

10 Christians evicted from homes in another village, while those in Katin ordered to pay fines. By Sarah Page

Imprisoned Lao Pastor ‘Extremely Weak,’ Family Says

Two church leaders in prison; conditions improve for expelled Katin Christians. By Sarah Page

Lao Officials Arrest 11 Christians at Gunpoint

Three leaders remain in prison; Christians in three villages forced to renounce their faith. By Sarah Page

Lao Officials Destroy Rice Paddies, Expel More Christians

Katin villagers lose homes, livestock, land rights because of their faith. By Sarah Page

Lao Officials to Expel More Christian Families from Village

DUBLIN, November 9 MPBS24/4 A CDN Report – Officials in Katin village, southern Laos have ordered six more Christian families to renounce their faith or face expulsion in early January, advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) reported today (Nov. 9). The Katin chief and the village religious affairs officer, along with local security forces, recently approached the six families with the threat after having expelled 11 Christian families, totaling 48 people, at gunpoint last January. The six families now under threat had become Christians since the January expulsion

Christians Expelled from Village Suffer Critical Illnesses

One dead, two hospitalized; village chief threatens other residents. DUBLIN, May 14 MPBS24/7 REPORT From(CDN) — In spite of assurances of religious rights by officials in March, Lao Christians expelled from a village in Saravan Province in January are suffering from a prolonged lack of adequate food and clean water.

Lao Officials Visit Expelled Christians, Give Assurances

Officials led by provincial governor explain law providing for right to believe. DUBLIN, March 19 MPBS24/7 REPORT From(CDN) — Officials in Laos’ Saravan Province yesterday visited 48 Christians expelled from Katin village and assured them that they had the legal right to embrace the faith of their choice, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).

Officials Threaten to Burn Shelters of Expelled Christians

Village heads tell church members they must recant faith or move elsewhere. DUBLIN, March 16 MPBS24/7 REPORT From(CDN) — Officials in southern Laos in the next 48 hours plan to burn temporary shelters built by expelled Christians unless they recant their faith, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).

Authorities Jail, Threaten to Kill Christians

Local official tells pastor to renounce faith; church member expelled, children denied schooling. LOS ANGELES, September 11 MPBS24/7 REPORT From (CDN) — Authorities in Laos last week jailed a church leader in Savannakhet Province for embracing Christianity and threatened to expel him unless he renounces his faith – and kill him if his arrest is made public, according to a human rights organization.

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