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Thailand: Bleak Christmas for Arrested and Harassed Hmong and Montagnard Christians

Thailand is 93% Buddhist and 5% Muslim. Only a little over one percent of the population is Christian. These Vietnamese Christians were facing persecution for their faith in their native land, but have encountered little better treatment in Thailand.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Thailand, see here.

“Bleak Christmas for Hmong and Montagnard Christians arrested and harassed in Thailand,” International Christian Concern, December 21, 2023:

12/21/2023 Thailand (International Christian Concern) — More Christians from the minority Hmong and Montagnard people groups from Vietnam have been arrested and harassed in Thailand this month.

In recent years, many Christians have fled to Thailand for safety and asylum after facing religious persecution in their native Vietnam. But they find more oppression in Thailand as local officials crack down on these fleeing Christians.

International Christian Concern (ICC) has supported local partners working with Hmong and Montagnard Christians who have fled Vietnam because of severe persecution. The Hmong Human Rights Coalition reported that as of December 2023, there were more than 1,000 Hmong asylum seekers in Thailand. Other groups estimate over 1,500 Montagnards are in Thailand because of persecution in Vietnam.

In the last few weeks, more Vietnamese have been arrested by Thai police…

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