Laos’ Decree 315 Factsheet

Laos’ Decree 315 Factsheet – This factsheet assesses the religious freedom implications of Decree 315, the implementation of the decree, as well as the ongoing internal review conducted by the government of Laos. Issued in 2016, Decree 315 was an improvement over its predecessor, Decree 92, providing clearer expectations for religious communities and a path for minority religious groups to become recognized by the state. However, it still provides a legal framework for the government to significantly interfere with the administration and practices of faith communities. The central authorities are currently conducting an ongoing review of this decree in Laos’ provinces. The factsheet includes USCIRF’s recommendation to the U.S. government to help develop an updated decree that secures freedom of religion and belief for all Laotians, regardless of faith.

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