» 09/07/2004, 00.00
Violence against Christians in Vientiane and Luang Phrabang
Eight Lao Christians in prison for Christmas
The authorities have not yet charged them. They were detained for “organising” a celebration with 200 Church members. Police and local village officials meet to decide their fate as religious freedom continues to be denied in the Communist nation.
No more court martial for Protestant clergyman who converted from Islam
Military espionage charges are dropped but apostasy and proselytising still hang over his head. Pastor is still liable for the death penalty.
Blasphemy law: death threats against teenage girl forces family to flee
Protestant clergyman sentenced to three years in prison
Some 20 million Christians to mark ‘black day’ against persecution in Pakistan
Activists, minority lawmakers and religious leaders are united in peaceful protest against the country’s blasphemy laws. This is their response to fundamentalist attacks and their way to get the Pakistan government to repeal the laws. Amnesty International backs the fight for minority rights in Pakistan.
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