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Arrested for praying, Laotian Christian dies in prison for lack of treatment
Tiang, a married father of six, died in jail waiting before his appeal could be heard. Although he suffered from diabetes, prison officials repeatedly denied him treatment. He and four others had been convicted for praying on behalf of a terminally ill woman, an act the authorities deemed an “improper medical treatment”.
Fears for lives of Protestant pastors in prison for six months
Arrested on 4 January, the two religious leaders are facing serious health problems. Authorities condition release on their renouncing their faith. Improvement in conditions of Christian families expelled from the village of Katyn in 2010.
Savannakhet: village chief denies Christian funeral and burial to new convert
The authorities continue to put pressures on the family to renounce their Christian faith. Against the wishes of her children, they buried the Christian woman in the local cemetery after a Buddhist funeral. Some local Christian leaders are detained for trying to attend the funeral. Human rights activists call on the government to respect religious freedom.
11 Christians arrested in Laos for celebrating Christmas, 3 remain in custody
The arrest took place on January 4, during a prayer meeting - authorized by authorities - to celebrate the birth of Jesus Today, three Christian leaders are in jail on charges of having "organized a secret meeting." Families forced to sign papers to "renounce their faith."
Arbitrary arrests, threats, kidnappings: the new anti-Christian persecution
Wave of persecution against Protestants in particular, accused of being a "threat" to the government because they adhere to foreign faiths. Children denied school and families denied water, believers treated like pariahs and chased from the village. Among the causes, the economic support of authoritarian states.
Laos, the land of unexploded bombs
Thousands of bombs buried beneath the surface still today claim hundreds of lives, above all among children: it would take over 400 years to clear all of the land, but the Laotians have begun trading in their metal.
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