Christianity is viewed as a “Western ideology” in Laos, and those who adhere to it are considered foreign agents and enemies. The Marxist-Leninist government monitors all churches, and its permission is required for all conversions, evangelism and church activities. Christian converts from Buddhism or animism are seen to bring shame to their community. Several Laotian Christians have faced physical assaults or even expulsion from their communities.

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Laos government agrees to religious freedom education

Vat That Khao, the Reclining Buddha, in Vientiane. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

The government in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos has agreed to sponsor religious-freedom education in the country. The US-based Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) will roll out a series of seminars focusing on “religious freedom as a human right, Lao government policy on religious activity and encouraging dialogue between […]

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Laos Christian ‘denied medication’ dies

Human Rights Watcher for Lao Religious Freedom has called on the Laotian government to accept responsibility for the death of a Christian man, who was reportedly denied access to his diabetes medication during nine months in prison. Tiang Kwentianthong, 61, died on 20 Sept., six months after his release from […]

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Laos pastor murdered ‘in cold blood’

Christians in Laos are treating the killing of a Protestant pastor as a “cold-blooded murder” based on his profession. “Local Christians ruled out robbery as a possible motivation for this ruthless and cold-blooded murder,” reports Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF). “They believe that his death was the […]

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Laos Christians arrested for attending church

UPDATE: Six of the seven Christians arrested at the end of September have been released from the detention center in the village of Boukham, in the province of Savannakhet on October 3 . Pastor Sompong Supatto and six other Christians were arrested for ‘exercising religious freedom in gathering for religious worship’ […]

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Laos: five Christians arrested in southern village

Laos: five Christians arrested in southern village

Officials in a village in southern Laos on Sunday (March 25) arrested and detained five Christians during worship and charged them with leading a religious movement without official approval, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF). The five Christians from Palansai district were attending a […]

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