Laos

The villager was one of a group detained for protesting the seizure of their land for use by a Vietnamese rubber company.

Laos’ Garment Industry Faces Severe Labor Shortage

Workers leave Laos for higher pay and lower expenses in Thailand.

Lao Villagers Reject Plans For China-Invested SEZ

They fear displacement from their land and homes as plans proceed for a tourist zone in scenic Vang Vieng.

Lao Christians Detained at New Year are Freed

Three church leaders and four congregation members are released after being held for holding an 'illegal' service.

Rice Shortages Hamper Recovery Efforts in Laos

3000 victims of July dam burst at risk as rice stocks deplete in Sanamxay district.

Laos Trades Mining Concessions For Russian Jets, Tanks

'Laos doesn't pay in cash,' one source says as defense ties between the two countries grow.

Lao Christians Celebrate the Christmas Holiday Under State Scrutiny

Meanwhile, Christians living in remote areas of the country are harassed and expelled from their homes by local officials.

Corruption Still Rife in Laos Despite Continued Crackdown Efforts

Government identifies and punishes countless cases of corruption, yet Laos falls in transparency index

State-Ordered Donations in Laos 'Not Needed,' But Money Not Returned

Complaints on social media force one district to retreat from its demands for cash, sources say.

Wife of Sombath Somphone Calls Again on Laos for Answers to His Disappearance

Six years have passed since the popular rural development expert and land rights advocate vanished at a police checkpoint outside Vientiane.

Lao Prisoner Pardons Leave Political Detainees Behind Bars

Political prisoners are never amnestied, as their crimes are considered more serious than other offenses, Lao sources say.

Lao Dam Collapse Creates Hardship for Student Far From Floodwaters

Student in capital struggles after flood condemned her once well-off family to poverty

Chemicals Dumped in River Kill Fish in Laos

Villagers are warned not to use water or eat fish taken from the river pending an investigation.

Chinese-Owned Cement Factories Pollute Lao Villages

About 900 families in Vang Vieng district suffer in smog and dust

Government Fails in Promise to Deliver Assistance to Victims of Laos Dam Burst

Survivors have not received living stipends over past two months.

Laos Jails ‘Pyramid Scheme’ Company Owners For 15 Years

The two co-owners had defrauded hundreds of Lao investors of thousands of dollars in personal savings.

Lax Investment Law Enforcement in Laos Brings Flood of Small Chinese Businesses

One official says merchants from China bribe local authorities, bend rules, and evade taxes.

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