Persecution in Burma, Iran & Laos

October 4, 2013 by  
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BURMA: CHRISTIAN ETHNIC GROUP ATTACKED; WOMEN GANG-RAPED, CHURCH LEADER TORTURED

Burma ChristiansWomen and girls from the predominantly Christian Kachin state were captured by Burmese army troops who gang-raped them in a forest and then abandoned them naked.

Other villagers were also seized in the assault on Nhka Ga in early September. Among them were the Rev. Ram Mai and his son Nang Mawn Htin Aung; the detainees were bound, hung upside down and beaten by Burmese soldiers during interrogation.

Two village elders, Hkaw Dut and Yung Hka Hyken, were tied up, blindfolded and taken to an unknown location.

Abuses against the Kachin by the Burmese military have continued despite the two sides signing a peace deal on 30 May.

IRAN: OBAMA CALLS FOR RELEASE OF PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI IN PHONE CALL TO IRANIAN PRESIDENT

US President Barack Obama & Hassan Rouhani In their historic phone call last week, US President Barack Obama raised with Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani the plight of jailed Pastor Saeed Abedini, urging his release.

It was the first time that Obama has spoken out about the church leader, who hails from Iranbut is now a US citizen.

A senior administration official told Fox News that Obama had “noted our concern” about Saeed and two other Americans held in Iran and had “noted our interest in seeing those Americans reunited with their families”.

Upon hearing about the phone call, Saeed’s wife Naghmeh said that it was “the most encouraging news” she had heard since her husband was jailed a year ago and expressed her gratitude to President Obama “for standing up for Saeed”.

LAOS: NEW CHRISTIANS GIVEN ULTIMATUM: RENOUNCE FAITH OR LEAVE VILLAGE

laos christiansNew converts to Christianity have been ordered to renounce their faith or face expulsion from their village.

The ultimatum was delivered by the local authorities in Huay, Atsaphangthong district, Savannakhet province, at an official village meeting, to which both Christian and non-Christian residents were asked to attend, on 21 September.

The Christians, who meet together for worship in their homes, have rejected the ruling, insisting that their right to religious freedom is protected under the country’s constitution.

Threats of this kind are often levelled at converts to Christianity in Laos.

– barnabas team

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