The Government required several religious groups, apparently with the exception of Buddhists and Catholics, to report membership information periodically to the Religious Affairs Department of the LFNC.
In theory, denominations not registered with the LFNC were not allowed to practice their faith.
The LFNC at times visited areas where religious persecution had taken place in order to instruct local officials on Government policy and regulation.
However, in practice the Government was able to impose restrictions on religious activities through the required LFNC approval.
Officials from the LFNC later asked the Seventh-day Adventist Church to incorporate this Hmong congregation into its community to bring its doctrines into line with those of an approved denomination.
At the same time, village and district-level LFNC offices often refused permission to construct new churches, and home churches remained the only viable place of worship for many LEC congregations.
At the same time, village and district-level LFNC offices often refused construction of new churches, and home churches remain the only viable place of worship for most LEC congregations.
Decree 92 specifically authorizes proselytizing by Lao citizens, providing the LFNC approves the activity.
The LFNC did not authorize Christian or Baha'i denominations to print their own religious material, although both groups have been seeking permission to do so for several years.
Since March the LFNC has required all Protestant groups to become a part of the LEC and has not allowed other Protestant churches to operate openly other than the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In practice the LFNC has not authorized Christian denominations to print their own religious material, including Bibles.
The LFNC was the lead government organ for promoting greater tolerance of the LEC's activities, but after the publication of Decree 92 in 2002, the LFNC exhorted local officials to resolve conflicts between followers of different religions in accordance with the decree rather than seek LFNC intervention.