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Laos: arrests

Local authorities in Savannakhet province, Laos, arrested seven Protestant Christians after they held a religious meeting on September 28.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide / Morning Star News

According to the non-profit advocacy organisation Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF), Pastor Sompong Supatto of Bouham village, Atsaphathong district and six Christians from villages in Palansai district met together for worship at Pastor Sompong’s home in the morning. Afterwards, as they gathered together for lunch, the village chief, village security officers and village police arrested the seven Christians. A week before, village officials told the Christians they were not allowed to gather for worship in Boukham village, despite the fact that Christians have been meeting for worship in Boukham village for three to four years.