A coalition of international organizations submits the following report focused on freedom of religion or belief. Some of these organizations maintain ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations. The information contained in this report was obtained through research and first-hand accounts from these organizations.
This report investigates the status of religious freedom and freedom of association in Lao People’s Democratic Republic and examines the impact of vague, arbitrary, and discriminatory laws on religious minorities, in particular Christians in rural areas. It urges the government to amend its laws so that they do not violate freedom of religion and freedom of association. It also calls on the government to ensure that local officials do not discriminate unjustly against religious minorities.