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Myanmar: US Government Calls for the Release of Imprisoned Christian Leader

In Myanmar, Christians make up about 8.2 percent of the population. The overwhelming majority of these are Protestants, with Roman Catholics comprising most of the rest; there is, however, a small community of Armenian Orthodox Christians. The Armenian Apostolic Church  severed communion with the Holy Mother Church of Constantinople in 451. Here the BBC presents a fascinating look into their community in Myanmar.

For more coverage of the persecution of Christians in Myanmar, see here.

“US Government Calls for the Release of Imprisoned Christian Leader,” International Christian Concern, March 1, 2023:

03/01/2023 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – On Thursday, February 23, the US government condemned the Myanmar military’s arrest and detention of Baptist leader Hkalam Samson.

Samson is the former head of the Kachin Baptist Convention, an organization located in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state that represents much of the nation’s Christian minority. He was detained in December 2022 by authorities under the military junta that sized power two years ago.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters recently, “We condemn the Burma military regime’s arrest and detention of prominent ethnic Kachin Christian leader Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson.”

Prominent NGO Human Rights Watch called on the military junta, which has controlled the country since the February 2021 coup, to drop the “politically motivated” charges against Samson. The charges included meeting members of an ethnic armed group under Myanmar’s Unlawful Associations Act and an indictment relating to a prayer meeting between Samson and members of Myanmar’s parallel civilian government.

Price added, “We are extremely concerned for his wellbeing and safety and encourage our partners and allies to join us in calling on the regime to drop all charges and immediately and unconditionally release Rev. Samson.”…

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