Christians Call on President of Laos to Investigate Disappearance of Christian Family

Formerly imprisoned Christian and his family have been missing since 2004

ICC Note:

The Communist government of Laos has long tolerated and even condoned the harassment and arrest of Christians throughout the country. Mr. Boontheong was threatened and imprisoned for his Christian before he and his wife and son went missing in 2004. One Christians organization, CSW, has just written President Choummaly Sayasone asking for him to investigate their disappearance.

01/11/2013 Laos (CSW) – Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has written an open letter to President Choummaly Sayasone of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos urgently requesting information about the family of Mr Boontheong of Luang Namtha Province.

Boontheong disappeared on 3 July 2004 along with his wife and his then seven-year-old son. Before his disappearance, Boontheong had been threatened and imprisoned by the local police because of his Christian faith. CSW and its partners have tried without success to learn the whereabouts of Boontheong and his family over the past eight years.

The letter urges the Lao Government to investigate the disappearance of Boontheong and his family and to provide information on their status and whereabouts.  In addition, CSW “urge[s] the Government to lead the country […] in upholding the Constitution of Laos, in particular Article 43 of the 2003 Amended Constitution (Article 30 in the 1991 Constitution) which respects the fundamental right of every citizen to believe or not to believe in religions”.

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