Day 11

Laos, Southeast Asia
Population: 6,912,000
Chief of State: President Chuomaly Sayasone
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong
Christians: 3.2%
Evangelical Christians: 2.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 19th
Life Expectancy: 63.88 Years
Literacy Rate: 73%
Population Below Poverty Line: 22%
Refugees Living in Laos: 7,559

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, visited Laos this year concluding with a report outlining his observations on the bleak situation there. Though the report is unlikely to have any impact on the authoritarian communist regime, it may impact other UN agencies, aid agencies and international businesses and organizations involved in Laos. Pray that a light will be shone on this nation. Pray that the light of Jesus will deliver people from a kingdom of fear to His Kingdom of freedom (The Bible, Isaiah 9:2).

UN finally tells the truth about Laos (Asia Times)

Western Sahara, North Africa
Population: 571,000
Chief of State: President Mohamed Abdelaziz
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdelkader Taleb Oumar
Christians: 0.0%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 62.64 Years
Literacy Rate: Unknown
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Western Sahara: 117,659

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The US is maintaining its position to reduce MINURSO’s mandate to six months, but Washington did not ask for the peacekeeping mission to include human rights monitoring. The latest news on the MINURSO mandate discussions at the UN are mere speculations set to change when the Security Council votes on the final draft of its Western Sahara resolution at the end of the month. The US, in its capacity as the pen holder of the first draft, sought to emphasize its “No more business as usual” policy by exerting pressure on conflicting parties. The move was allegedly initiated by John Bolton, the US national security advisor. Pray that the peacekeeping mission will ensure human rights. Pray that the mandate will become a protection for people (The Bible, Psalm 5:11).

Western Sahara: US ‘Attempt’ to Include Human Rights in MINURSO’s Mandate Was a Hoax