» 02/02/2018, 09.39
Five Protestants still in prison after inviting pastor for Christmas
They are charged with violating the rules that limit Christian practice in the district of Phin. Local official: "Christianity is the religion of Europeans and Americans". There are numerous episodes of intolerance and abuse of Christians across the country.
Scores of Hmong Christians arrested and evicted for refusing to give up their religion
Six families in the District of Khamkeut were forced to leave their homes, driven out by village leaders because they refused to return to their old animist religion. One of the elders of the family died from grief shortly after the forced eviction. Two young Hmong Christians remain in prison of their faith.
Five years jail for those who convert Muslims to Christianity.
Forum 18 said this was the reason behind the arrest of a Protestant pastor called Shestakov, who has been detained for more than a month awaiting trial for “inciting religious hatred” and more crimes. Another pastor was arrested for being found with religious texts in his possession as have many believers because they were holding meeting in homes.
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.
Two Christians sentenced to three years in prison
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”.
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