Savannakhet (Agenzia Fides) - Some loatian civilian officials of the province of Savannakhet threaten to destroy the homes of Christians in the village of Seekaew if they refuse to perform animist religious rituals. According to information received from local sources of Fides Agency, the local authorities of the province in any way wish to discourage Christian citizens from professing their faith and practicing their religion freely.
As reported to Fides by the NGO “Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom” (HRWLRF), more than 50 Christians (of 13 families) of the village of Seekaew were strongly recommended by the village elders to undergo traditional animistic rituals and drink " sacred water "according to the ritual of a medium. By participating in these rituals, Christians would be recognized as “animists” and profess traditional religions. After several attempts, the Christians refused and therefore, according to local leaders, lost their right to reside in the village.