Persecution continues in Laos

Persecution continues in Laos as Christians are detained for meeting to pray

LAOS christain presecutionPersecution continues in Laos as Christians are detained for meeting to pray
Authorities in Savannakhet raid home and arrest Christian clergyman and six members of his congregation. They were having lunch after Sunday Mass. At present, they are still being held at a government building. The clergyman was brought in handcuffed and shackled. Village authorities had banned Christians from praying together.

Vientiane (AsiaNews) – The head of Boukham village in Atsaphangthong district, Savannakhet province, together with top security and police officials, arrested Rev Sompong Supatto and six members of his congregations because they were exercising their right to religious freedom by praying at the clergyman’s home.

As Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) reports, the incident occurred last Sunday morning in the same province where, in May, three Christian schoolgirls were not allowed to take exams at the end of the school year because of their faith. A few weeks later, in late June, a local village chief prevented the funeral and burial of a newly converted Christian woman.

According to local witnesses, the authorities raided the home as the pastor and six members of his congregations were having lunch, following Sunday morning service. read more

Detainees are in custody at a government building in the village of Boukham. Rev Sompong is handcuffed and shackled; the other six are not.

The previous week, village authorities had banned Christians from getting together to pray.