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HEART Christian newspaper | December 16, 2019

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Burmese Christians forced to convert

Officials in western Burma (Myanmar) have forced three Christians to become Buddhists, according to Morning Star News.

Firstly, in May, two ethnic Chin Christians, a pastor and member of his house church, were taken from their homes in Padi Kyin village to a monastery and threatened with expulsion from the village if they did not change their faith. Their village is in Ann Township in southern Rakhine state.

The two men were made to sign documents stating their conversion before the Buddhist monk in charge of the monastery. In a separate incident, a Buddhist monk forced another villager to officially convert to Buddhism.

According to local Christians, officials toured the village with a loudspeaker, telling residents that if the three men returned to Christian activities they would be fined 100,000 kyats (US $80) each.

Some Christians have left the village after being physically assaulted.

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