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 April 12, 2012 6:41 PM

Lao Officials Confiscate Church Buildings
Lao officials, claiming that proper procedures had not been followed when the church was founded in 1963, confiscated and sealed a church in Khamnonsung Village. A human rights advocacy group asks, "How do these officials know that Khamnonsung did not follow proper procedures? And if a permit is required for this building, why wait 49 years to tell them?"
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 December 22, 2011 6:16 AM

Christmas Celebrations in Laos Ends in Arrests
Originally given permission to gather, the Christmas celebration ended as one pastor was fined and seven others were placed in stocks as a form of torture and intimidation.
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 May 20, 2010 1:27 PM

Update - Lao Christians Expelled from Village Suffer Critical Illnesses

In a February Weekly Prayer Alert we prayed for 48 Christians that were forced at gunpoint to renounce their faith.  When they refused, they were marched four miles outside Katin village, and left on the side of the road. Compass News reports that since the attack the Christians have been unable to return to their homes and have been sleeping in the jungle. Due to lack of adequate food and clean water, the Christians are now suffering from illness including diarrhea, dehydration, eye and skin infections, fainting and general weakness, which has lead to one person’s death.

Official reactions to the plight of the Christians have been mixed. In March, a delegation of provincial and district officials visited the Christians at their jungle site and assured them of their legal right to embrace the faith of their choice and to live anywhere in the district. However, Katin’s village chief recently warned other residents that their personal possessions would be confiscated and their homes torn down if they had any contact with the expelled Christians.

Father, we continue to ask You to protect and sustain our brothers and sisters in Laos. We honor these saints who courageously refused to renounce their faith. May their steadfast commitment to You bear fruit, and through their witness, may many turn to Christ as their savior.

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 February 10, 2010 11:39 AM

Lao Christians Forced from Worship at Gunpoint

About 100 local officials, police and villagers put guns to the heads of Christians during a Sunday morning service in a village in Laos last month. Unable to persuade the Christians to renounce their faith they forced them to walk four miles and left them on the side of the road. According to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) since the attack the 48 Christians have been unable to return home and are sleeping in the woods with hardly enough food supplies, water, equipment, or tools to survive.

Father, protect and sustain these Christians who have been cast out of their village. Provide the resources they need to survive. Soften hearts of local authorities toward them. May their courageous faith bear fruit that many might turn to Christ.

Praying with you,

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 November 12, 2009 8:10 PM

Laos - Authorities in Savannakhet Province have arrested two Christians for embracing Christianity.  One has been expelled from his village for refusing to recant, and the other remains in prison.
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 September 17, 2009 7:54 PM

Laos - In early July, local officials and residents of Katin village in Ta Oih district, Saravan province, Laos, confiscated and slaughtered livestock belonging to nine Christian families in an effort to force them to renounce their faith.   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 13, 2009 1:03 PM

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anonymous  January 11, 2009 7:02 AM

Lao officials released three prisoners from Boukham village after several weeks of detention for “believing and worshiping God.” All 55 Christians in the village are threatened with expulsion from their homes.

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anonymous  November 21, 2008 12:23 PM

Lao Officials Release Christians from Stocks*

Lao officials have released three prisoners from Boukham village after several weeks of detention, but restrictions on Christian worship in the village are still in force. Pastor Sompong Supatto and two other believers-Boot Chanthaleuxay and Khamvan Chanthaleuxay--were released on Oct. 16 against the wishes of the village chief, who had threatened to hand Supatto a life sentence at a maximum-security prison. Village officials remain hostile to the presence of Christians, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom. Authorities had temporarily arrested Supatto and four other believers on July 20 for “believing and worshiping God.” When they continued to gather for worship, police arrested Supatto and two members of the Chanthaleuxay family on Aug. 3, detaining them in handcuffs and wooden foot-stocks in a police detention cell. For more information on their initial arrests, view the original article here.

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anonymous  September 27, 2008 5:27 PM

September 24, 2008

The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.” (Job 5:11)

Dear Donna

Christians Pressured to Renounce Faith*

LAOS - Confronted with evidence of rights abuses, an official in Champasak province, Laos, said district officials had “misunderstood” religious freedom regulations when they arrested and detained two men for converting to Christianity, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF). District police officers, in cooperation with the village chief, arrested Khambarn Kuakham and Phoun Koonlamit on Sept. 8, accusing them of “believing in Christianity, a foreign religion,” HRWLRF reported.

The Lao Movement for Human Rights confirmed that both men had been placed in criminal detention for five days and ordered to renounce their faith. According to Compass Direct News, officials warned Kuakham that he had violated the terms of his employment by having contact with Christians and converting to the Christian faith. He must renounce his faith in order to return to his teaching position, they said. If he refused, he would face a lengthy detention. Read more about persecution in Laos on our website.  

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anonymous  August 27, 2008 3:46 PM

"On Sunday. July 20th, at 10:00 A.M., ten district Lao police authorities of Ad-Sapangthong district of Savannakhet stormed into the Boukham Church in Boukham Village, 90 Kilometers from Svannaket City, ordering the  believers to cease or they would be arrested."
They would not and the police went into the house church and arrested Pastor Sompong and two other church leaders and took them away to Ad-Spangthong district of Savannakhet province.
They continued their worship and the police than arrested another believer. They continued to worship and a 17 year old young lady was arrested who was active in leading the congregation in action.
They were first charged with "believing in Jesus and worshipping God." Later; [1]. spreading the gospel and [2.] conducting the religious meeting with permission.
Tuesday evening, July 22 all five are released and safe with their families, but required to pay a fine.
August 1st, 2008, around 6:00 a.m. Mrs. Kantalee, age 34, and Loong Peng, age 58 were arrested.They were told their crime was "believing in Jesus and worshipping God.
Around 7:00 a.m. on August 2, 2008, the village authorities of Boukham village arrested Mrs. Menoy, age 40, and charged her with "believing in Jesus and worshipping God." They were taken to the Ad-Sapangyhonb district, Savannakhet province to be detained along with Mrs. Kantalee and Mr. Loong Peng. they were held until early the next day and were fined.
Later on Sunday, August 3rd, the Lao authorities re-arrested Pastor Sompong along with 2 young people during the Sunday morning worship gathering at  Boukham Church.
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anonymous  July 16, 2008 10:17 PM

Location: Lao People's Democratic Republic
Arrested: March 2008

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In March 2008, Pastor KhamLa Namheng and seven Khmu pastors from Udom Sai province in Laos were arrested when entering Thailand to attend meetings. VOM contacts report, “They went the wrong way trying to avoid a police check point. When the police later searched their bags they found two Bibles and some letters. The police claimed the letters were written against the village authority reporting persecution.”
Pastors’ Kham Chan Konekham, Kham La Namheng, Siphone Namheng, Khamnath Namheng, Serth Naphok, Khou Phouphone, Thong Soun Namtam, and Houng Mokbooc were arrested on March 18 when they entered Thailand and were followed by the Laos police. When they were searched two of them had Bibles, and everything they were carrying was confiscated. This arrest was the latest after 15 Hmong families were arrested in Bokeo Province on February 22.
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anonymous  June 22, 2008 6:13 AM




Group History Presecution in Laos: Please Pray


LAOS: OFFICIALS ARREST 58 CHRISTIANS; CHURCH LEADERS SENTENCEDPrison terms given for doing ministry; Hmong families could be sent back to Vietnam.

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (Compass Direct News) – Laotian officials arrested 15 Hmong Christian families in Bokeo district on February 22, a day before a court sentenced nine area Hmong church leaders to 15 years in prison for conducting Christian ministry and meetings that had grown beyond acceptable levels for communist officials.

Sources said that the day before the sentencing, Laotian authorities arrived in Ban Sai Jarern village in Bokeo (also called Bo Kew) district with six trucks, in which they hauled away eight Christian families. Authorities also arrested at least seven Christian families from Fai village three miles away, they said.

“It seems they are rounding up all Hmong Christians from Vietnam to send them back to Vietnam,” said one Christian source who requested anonymity for security reasons. “What will happen to them is greatly feared and unknown.”

The arrested families make up a total of 58 Hmong Christians.

In addition, officials have told the Hmong Christians that they will be returning to round up those who have moved there from other districts in Laos.

“They have been told that the officials will be sending them back to their home districts,” the Christian source said. “Many Hmong in Bokeo district have married Hmong from other districts, so this will create tremendous hardship for many families.”

The nine church leaders sentenced for conducting Christian ministry and meetings that had grown too large were rounded up during a police and military sweep of suspected rebels last July that left at least 13 innocent Christians dead. Although the Ban Sai Jarern Church is part of the government-registered and recognized Lao Evangelical Church, its meetings and ministries had become too prominent for the communist officials, sources said.

“There has always been a restriction in Laos for church growth, and for any people’s movement for that matter, but it is not written in their laws – they are supposed to have freedom of religion,” the Christian source said. “The problem was that the church grew in number far beyond their imagination – a growth that the church could not stop.”

Further complicating problems for the Ban Sai Jarern congregation was the presence of the Vietnamese Hmong who had taken refuge in Bokeo district. As former church leaders in Vietnam, they are sought by Vietnamese authorities as well as Lao officials who mistakenly associate them with a rebel separatist movement.

“The Vietnamese Hmong Christians who took refuge in Bokeo district are being dragged into the issue of the separatist movement, an involvement that they have consistently denied,” the source said.

Last July’s government crackdown was unprecedented in the area, which had been free of both separatist activity and government interference in churches. But in 2006, sources said, authorities pursued Hmong who had fled religious or political persecution in Vietnam and had taken refuge in Ban Sai Jarern (or Ban Sai Jaroen).

The village Christians were largely Hmong, including about 20 refugee families from Vietnam, sources said.

Vietnamese and Lao communist authorities have long been hostile to the Hmong for having fought alongside U.S. soldiers in the Vietnam War, often viewing them as supporters of separatist leader Gen. Vang Pao.

This hostility is doubled for Christian Hmong, area sources said, as the government considers Protestant Christianity an imperialist foreign religion backed by political interests in the West, particularly the United States. As a result, government forces have indiscriminately detained or killed Hmong Christians whom they mistakenly associated with separatists since previous generations aided U.S. forces in the Vietnam War.

Ban Sai Jarern church members have reported that no one from their congregation has had any contact or communication whatsoever with separatist rebels.

One of the Ban Sai Jarern church leaders rounded up last July, Dzong Tho Siong, was sent back to Vietnam in September. Siong had fled to Laos to avoid Vietnamese persecution in 2002. When his relatives went to visit him in jail in November 2007, sources said, guards told them he was no longer there and that they did not know where he had been taken.

“No one has heard of him again, and it is assumed that he has passed on,” a Christian source said. “The relatives keep going back with food for him, but the jail officials all keep saying he is gone and they do not know where.”

Most of the adults arrested on February 22 had been church leaders in villages in Vietnam who fled rather than face impr

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anonymous  June 13, 2008 12:02 PM

Since they refused to give up their belief 10 families were forced to leave their farms and homes.
 
Please pray for them, as rural Lao families routinely live and subsist on their generational family farm.  They usually have few other possessions and little or no other source of income.
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anonymous  April 03, 2008 6:09 AM

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UPDATE: Arrested Pastors Taken Back to Their Province - VOM Sources

On March 27, The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in Laos reported that eight pastors arrested when entering Thailand to attend meetings had been picked up by police from their province and escorted back home to Laos. "The police from their province have taken them back to their province and put them back in prison again. We do not know how long they will be in prison," VOM sources said. Pray for protection and courage for these pastors and their families. Pray they will love and forgive their persecutors. Joshua 1:9  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  March 28, 2008 7:25 AM


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58 Christians Arrested, 9 Church Leaders Sent to Prison - Compass Direct News

On February 22, Laotian officials arrested 15 Hmong Christian families in Bokeo district, Laos. According to Compass Direct News, the arrests occurred a day before a court sentenced nine Hmong church leaders to 15 years in prison for 'conducting Christian ministry and meetings that had grown beyond acceptable levels for Communist officials.' Compass reported, "The day before the sentencing, Laotian authorities arrived in Bai Sai Janrern village in Bokeo district with six trucks in which they hauled away eight Christian families.
Authorities also arrested at least seven families from Fai village
three miles away." The arrested families make up a total of 58 Hmong Christians. A Christian source told Compass, "It seems they are rounding up all Hmong Christians from Vietnam to send them back to Vietnam.
What will happen to them is greatly feared and unknown." According to the Compass report, the nine Christian leaders sentenced to 15 years in prison for Christian ministry were arrested in July 2007, during a police and military raid of suspected rebels that left 13 innocent Christians dead. The Voice of the Martyrs stands with believers in Laos and encourages you to pray for these believers who have been arrested because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Ask God to give them strength and courage to forgive their persecutors.
Isaiah 40:31

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anonymous  March 28, 2008 6:19 AM

Pastors and Believers Arrested by Police, Nine Church Leaders Sentenced to Prison " VOM Sources/Compass Direct News
  • UDOM SAI PROVINCE " Eight Khmu pastors from Udom Sai Province in Laos who were arrested when entering Thailand to attend meetings, are waiting for the police to escort them back home. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, 'We are still waiting for the police to arrive from Udom Sai to escort the prisoners to their home villages. Their families have been told they will be tried once they get home with a likely huge fine and imprisonment. We do not know what the charges will be, but we do know that Udom Sai is a real hot spot as far as persecution and has been increasing over the last 12 months." The pastors were arrested on March 18 when they entered Thailand and were followed by the Laos police. They were searched and two of them had Bibles. Everything the pastors had with them was confiscated, including a cell phone. The Voice of the Martyrs encourages you to pray for these pastors and their families during this difficult time. Ask God to protect and encourage them. Pray for their speedy release and that their testimonies will draw their captors into fellowship with Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 1:7


  • BOKEO PROVINCE " On February 22, Laotian officials arrested 15 Hmong Christian families in Bokeo province, Laos. According to Compass Direct News, the arrests occurred a day before a court sentenced nine Hmong church leaders to 15 years in prison for 'conducting Christian ministry and meetings that had grown beyond acceptable levels for Communist officials.' Compass reported, "The day before the sentencing, Laotian authorities arrived in Bai Sai Janrern village in Bokeo district with six trucks in which they hauled away eight Christian families. Authorities also arrested at least seven families from Fai village three miles away." The arrested families make up a total of 58 Hmong Christians. According to the Compass report, the nine Christian leaders, sentenced to 15 years in prison for Christian ministry, were arrested in July 2007, during a police and military raid of suspected rebels that left 13 innocent Christians dead. The Voice of the Martyrs stands with believers in Laos and encourages you to pray for these believers who have been arrested because of their faith in Jesus Christ, Ask God to give them strength and courage to forgive their persecutors. Hebrews 13:6
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