Two men and three women from southern Laos were jailed on Sunday, March 25 for attending a worship service. They were in Boukham village worshiping when authorities interrupted the service and took them into custody on charges of “leading religious movements without official approval.”
Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom has been asking the government to respect religious freedoms guaranteed by its constitution and by its acceptance of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Laos, a Communist nation that views Christianity as a western threat to its culture, has been cracking down on Christians to the point of torturing them when they’re arrested and confiscating church buildings. The nation is mainly Buddhist with an estimated 200,000 Christians that make up 3% of the population.
Source: BosNewsLife. Laos Detains Christians Over Worship Service. BosNewsLife.com. March 25, 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–