» 09/30/2014, 00.00
Persecution continues in Laos as Christians are detained for meeting to pray
Authorities in Savannakhet raid home and arrest Christian clergyman and six members of his congregation. They were having lunch after Sunday Mass. At present, they are still being held at a government building. The clergyman was brought in handcuffed and shackled. Village authorities had banned Christians from praying together.
Christian arrested for refusing to recant
Lapao refused to obey the orders of local Communist leaders; two out of four Christian families in his village have been expelled. His plight was reported by organizations at work in the region.
Two Christians arrested in Savannakhet province
Government is trying to stem growing evangelisation according to human rights group.
Human Rights Watch: No Progress on Rights in Laos
In a report submitted to United Nations activists denounce systemic human rights problems. The forced disappearance of civil society leader Sombath Somphone is particularly worrisome. Lao authorities are defying international concerns. People fear their government because they know officials act with near total impunity.
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."
22/05/2014 LAOS - EUROPEAN UNION
Eleven Christians arrested for praying are ignored by Laos-EU talks
In Savannakhet province, 11 Laotian Christians arrested for meeting at an "unauthorised" location remain in custody. CSW calls on EU leaders to raise the issue of religious freedom with the Asian country. Violations of religious freedom overshadow talks.
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