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Christians in Laos could be expelled for their faith comment (0)

March 27, 2014


NATAHALL, Laos — More than two dozen Christian converts in a village in southern Laos could be expelled for their faith if government officials fail to keep local authorities from violating their constitutional rights, according to an advocacy group. 

The Christians from eight families in Natahall village, in Savannakhet Province’s Phin District, were told to recant their faith at the end of 2013, according to a representative with Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).

“The threats are very real. ... Officials are still intending to carry out the threats. The deadline for expulsion has passed,” said the HRWLRF source, who requested anonymity. “Christian residents of Natahall village are fighting hard to keep their homes as well as their constitutionally guaranteed right to believe in the Christian faith.”

Religious affairs officials from Phin District are holding discussions with the Natahall village chief, identified only as Amka, leaders of the local chapter of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and district police. However, the threat of expulsion has not been withdrawn, the source said.

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