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Six Protestant Christians, who were arrested on 28 September by local authorities in Savannakhet province, Laos, after a religious meeting, were released from detention on 3 October. Pastor Sompong Supatto is still being held at Boukham village government headquarters.
Christian News Network (Morning Star News): Local officials in Laos arrested seven Christians for meeting for worship on Sunday (Sept. 28), according to a rights group.
Religious Freedom Coalition: Five Christians accused of “murdering” a Christian convert and organizing an illegal funeral for her in southern Laos were found “not guilty by prosecutors, but authorities refused to release them, a rights official told BosNewsLife Thursday, July 7.
Christian Post: “More than two dozen Christian converts in a village in southern Laos could be expelled for their faith if government officials fail to keep local authorities from violating their constitutional rights, according to an advocacy group.”
Morningstar News: Local authorities in Laos are threatening Christians in three villages with expulsion unless they renounce their faith, with residents in one village calling the converts “pigs and dogs,” according to an advocacy organization.
Christian Today: Three Christian pastors in Lao have been released from prison after being arrested on 5 February on charges of “spreading the Christian religion”.
Fides: The campaign of repression of the Laotian authorities towards the Christian communities is getting more and more intense: in past days, the police arrested three Protestant pastors, who led the community in the villages of the district of Phin, in the province of Savannakhet.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide: Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has learned that Christian leader Bountheung of Borikhamxai Province in Central Laos has been arrested on the charge of converting 300 Lao citizens to the Christian faith. T
Catholic Culture: Communist officials in Savannakhet Province, which is located in the south-central part of Laos, have confiscated three churches in recent weeks, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom.
Compass Direct: “Following the arrest of 11 Christians at gunpoint on Tuesday (Jan. 4), three house church leaders remain behind bars for ‘holding a secret meeting,’ according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).”
ChristianNewsWire: “Despite Communist North Korea topping the annual Open Doors World Watch List (WWL) for the ninth consecutive year, the most dangerous countries in which to practice Christianity are overwhelmingly Islamic ones.”
Christian Post: “Officials in Laos’ Saravan Province on Thursday visited 48 Christians expelled from Katin village and assured them that they had the legal right to embrace the faith of their choice, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).”
Compass Direct News: “About 100 local officials, police and villagers put guns to the heads of Christians during their Sunday morning service in a village in Laos last month, forcing them from their worship and homes, according to an advocacy organization.”
Catholic Culture: “The list compiled by Open Doors was dominated by Islamic governments. Conspicuously absent from the ‘top 10′ list were China and Vietnam . . The top 10 persecutors on the Open Doors list were . . . ”
Sarah Page reports in the Christian Post: “The chief of Katin village, along with village security, social and religious affairs officials, warned all 53 Christian residents that they should revert to worshiping local spirits in accordance with Lao tradition or risk losing all village rights and privileges – including their livestock and homes, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).”