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(ANS) – Christians were reportedly locked in wooden stocks for not renouncing their faith in Laos , where serious rights violations were widespread in 2004, the London-based Amnesty International has said. According to a story released by the AP, Amnesty International said in its annual report that human rights abuses were widespread in the communist-ruled country, one of Asia ‘s poorest, including religious and racial persecution and abuse of political and other detainees by authorities. The group stated that the reported repression of evangelical Christians included “several cases of people being imprisoned or put into wooden ‘stocks’ for not renouncing their faith.”

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