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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.
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”.
Karzai reassuring as to the fate of the Afghan convert, but the ulemas want him dead
Afghanistan's constitution recognises the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thus freedom of religion; however, it also states that no law can contradict Islam. We will call on the people to tear him into pieces so there's nothing left, says an ulema.
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.
Government to allow funeral for Zhao Ziyang
A private memorial service will take place but neither the time, nor the location have been announced. Police officers surround Zhao's house where some relatives and friends were allowed to pay their respect.
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