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Lao Religious Freedom

Lao Authorities Release Khammouan Pastors from Prison After One Year
Nakoon village, Hinboon district, Khammouan province
Released: January 8, 2012

Just a year ago, Pastor Wanna and Yohan, along with nine other Christians, were ambushed and taken away by gunpoint and detained in Khammoun Provincical Prison. Although the other nine were later released, Wanna and Yohan were charged with organizing a Christmas celebration (deemed as a "secret meeting") and have been kept in prison until yesturday. No documentation was seen to accompany their release. Now, relgious freedom will again be tested when Pastor Wanna and Yohan resume their leadership over scattered believers in that province. (See their last year's arrest documentation, http://www.hrwlrf.net/files/Download/AdvocacyNo1-2011.pdf.