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Lao Churches in Saybuli District Struggle to Repossess Confiscated Church Properties
Lao churches in Savannakhet are still being denied access to their churches, with three of the churches challenging the legitimacy of orders of the Lao officials and continuing to assemble exercise their constitutional guaranteed religious freedom.
Today, Sunday morning, April 15th (local time), Khamnonsung Church still holds worship services inside the confiscated building of the church for the second straight week, while Dongpaiwan Church conducts Sunday services on church property outside of the confiscated church building. At the same time, Kengweng Church assembles for prayer and worship in a place adjacent to the confiscated church building. Meanwhile, under the advice of the Lao Evangelical Church denomination, Nadaeng Church still waits for their Lao officials to return their church property.
Members of Khamnonsung Church continue to resist the official order to close down their church and are willing to risk their own safety as well as the safety of their families in order to defend religious freedom.
The HRWLRF urges the Lao government respect Lao Christians’ freedom to manifest their religion or belief in worship as guaranteed by the Lao constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as ratified by the Lao government.
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Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for the Lao Christians living under religious persecution in Laos due to their Christian faith.
Page Updated Last on: Apr 15, 2012