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Pastor Hkalam Samson Samson in Myanmar facing prosecution / imprisonment after revealing religious persecution in meeting with President Donald Trump [#HkalamSamson #FacingImprisonment #ReligiousPersecution]

A Baptist minister from Myanmar had less than 60 seconds in the Oval Office to tell President Donald Trump about the mistreatment and abuse his people suffer.

Pastor Hkalam Samson, president of the Kachin Baptist Convention and a leading rights advocate for a predominantly Baptist ethnic group in northern Myanmar known as the Kachin, was part of a group of international religious leaders that recently met with President Donald Trump to express concerns about religious freedom in their home countries.

The Baptist minister told the president that ethnic groups in his homeland were being “oppressed and tortured by the Myanmar military government” and thanked him for imposing sanctions on 4 top generals.

Now, as if to prove Pastor Hkalam Samson right, a colonel in the Myanmar Army has gone to court seeking to have the minister prosecuted for his comments about the military during that conversation with President Donald Trump.

Pastor Hkalam Samson who returned home to the northern Myanmar city of Myitkyina after his White House visit, said he was waiting to see whether a court would accept the complaint of the colonel.

The nature of the complaint was unclear, but in similar cases, the military has taken advantage of the sweeping criminal defamation laws of Myanmar.

A judge is expected to rule whether the case can proceed.

Myanmar: Pastor facing imprisonment for revealing horrors of religious persecution:
Christian Post

After Meeting With Trump, a Myanmar Clergyman Could Be Prosecuted:
The New York Times

According to human rights groups, the Burma Army has stepped up its operations against the mostly Christian minority of the country and driven hundreds more from their homes and jobs as the conflict between the government and the Karen ethnic group marks its 70th anniversary.

“Violations of the 2015 nationwide cease-fire agreement (NCA) and clashes have resumed. In January 2019 alone, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) were forced to destroy at least five Burma Army military vehicles attempting to attack deeper into Karen territory, and the Burma Army has begun shelling Karen civilian villages. These clashes are happening in several places along the same road that caused major problems last year.”
– Ephraim Mattos, East Asia Operations Manager for The Nazarene Fund

Burmese military steps up operations against Christian minority:
Fox News