Recent persecution of Christians in Laos
January 10, 2012
In Laos--a Communist nation where 67% of the population is Buddhist, and only 2% are Christian--authorities in some villages of Savannakhet Province, which is located in the south-central part of the nation, are persecuting Christians, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom.
In the village of Natoo, authorities recently ordered 47 Christians to renounce their faith or face expulsion. In the village of Huey, authorities refused to allow a Christian to be buried. In Boukham, village leaders have tortured and detained seven Christian leaders in stocks on charges of subverting local customs.
In adjacent Khammouan Province, officials released two pastors after a year in prison; they had been charged with organizing a Christmas celebration.
The nation of 6.5 million is 0.7% Catholic; 17 priests minister in 77 parishes, according to Vatican statistics.
- Lao Authorities Release Khammouan Pastors from Prison After One Year (Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom)
- Lao Authorities Appeals to Village Customs over the Law to Eradicate Christian Faith (HRWLRF)
- Lao Authorities Forbidding a Burial Ritual for a Lao Christian Woman Ad-Sapangthong District (HRWLRF)
- Lao Authorities Issued Eviction Order to Forty-Seven Christians for Refusing to Give Up Their Faith (HRWLRF)
- Two pastors protested released after one year in prison, other Christians leaders arrested (Fides)
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