christian news

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Asia » Laos » Lao Officials Threaten Christians

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

VIENTIANE, LAOS (Worthy News)– The ruling authorities of several villages in Laos have been threatening to banish Christians unless they renounce their faith in Jesus.

During a public meeting in Huay village in Savannakhet Province last week, a representative from Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom told Morning Star News that local officials had decided that Christians villagers could be expelled for abandoning their animist beliefs and practices.

However, the decision contradicted the government’s commitment to the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that Laos ratified back in 2009.

“Obviously the right to adopt a religion/belief of choice as well as the right to manifest that religion/belief in cooperate worship is upheld in the Covenant,” HRWLRF said in a press statement. “Any form of coercion impairing the freedom to have and manifest the religion/belief of choice is also condemned in the Covenant.”

Examples of that coercion were seen in Nongdaeng village in Borikhamsai Province after the village chief warned Christians to stop believing in Christ, or lose their properties and be banished; the chief then demanded they all recant their faith and return to their traditional animist religion.

The Christians were given three days to obey the village chief, but instead they continued to worship privately in their homes, claiming their religious rights under the Lao Constitution; as a result, eight other families in Nongdaeng decided to embrace Christianity as well.

In the village of Nonsung in Savannakhet Province, local officials demanded that Christians participate in an oath-taking ritual by drinking water made "sacred" through an incantation of a medium, according to HRWLRF.

“The swearing of an oath to the spirits is necessary for proving one’s loyalty, innocence, and submission to local authorities,” HRWLRF said in a press statement. “The authorities further directed that any Christian who does not participate in the ritual would forfeit his or her right to live in the village and be banished from the village.”

However, a Nonsung church leader said that swearing an oath to spirits rather than to God contradicted their beliefs, so village Christians declined to drink the water.

No Comment

Leave a Reply

Copyright 1999-2015 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

What is Worthy News?

Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

Recommended Links

  • Editor’s Blog

    • Historical Cyclical Patterns Emerging in Greece
      Greece defaulted on its IMF loan last night. It is interesting that it was actually the Greek Philosopher Plato who was the first to advocate the "credit" theory of money. His prized student, Aristotle, who […]
    • Reader Question: Where do you get that Sept. 23, 2015 is Jubilee (of Jerusalem)?
      First of all, it is important to know that God is not working on our Gregorian calendar but He is rather fulfilling His Word according to the calendar that He established, which is a 360 […]
    • Are you looking back? Remember Lot's Wife!
      As this shocking Supreme Court decision on Gay marriage settles into the nation, I'm reminded of the passage in Luke where Yeshua (Jesus) told us one of the final signs of His return. He said it […]
    • Supreme Court: Not One but THREE Strikes!
      Most are aware of the recent decision by the Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage, but many may not realize that this was only one of the history-making decisions reached this session. This past month, […]
    • The Water Breaking Moment?
      In Matthew 24, Yeshua (Jesus) makes an interesting correlation between the end of the age and a woman giving birth. [Matthew 24:8]. As the birth of a baby draws near, the birth pangs intensify, and […]
    • Prophetic Calendar for 2015
      As requested by many and after much prayer and research, I have compiled a list of significant events over which we must be praying in the coming months. By listing these events, let it be […]
  • Editor’s Picks

  • 1999-2015 Worthy Christian News » Lao Officials Threaten Christians