A pastor was stabbed to death by a man claiming to be a member of the secret police, according to reports.
A man identified as “Mr. Wansai” allegedly entered pastor Singkeaw Wongkongpheng’s house in Luang Prabang Province, Laos, claiming he was there to take the life of the pastor and nothing else. Wansai was accompanied by four other men.
“(Singkeaw’s) strong stance on practicing his constitutionally guaranteed religious right in holding and spreading his Christian faith was believed to finally result in him meeting with his cruel death at the hands of those who opposed him,” said the director of Human Rights Watcher for Lao Religious Freedom. “He left behind his wife and six children, four boys and two girls.”
Laos’ primary religion is Buddhism, according to the Department of State, and the government determines what is acceptable religiously in the country.