The villager was one of a group detained for protesting the seizure of their land for use by a Vietnamese rubber company.
Workers leave Laos for higher pay and lower expenses in Thailand.
They fear displacement from their land and homes as plans proceed for a tourist zone in scenic Vang Vieng.
Three church leaders and four congregation members are released after being held for holding an 'illegal' service.
3000 victims of July dam burst at risk as rice stocks deplete in Sanamxay district.
'Laos doesn't pay in cash,' one source says as defense ties between the two countries grow.
Meanwhile, Christians living in remote areas of the country are harassed and expelled from their homes by local officials.
Government identifies and punishes countless cases of corruption, yet Laos falls in transparency index
Complaints on social media force one district to retreat from its demands for cash, sources say.
Six years have passed since the popular rural development expert and land rights advocate vanished at a police checkpoint outside Vientiane.
Political prisoners are never amnestied, as their crimes are considered more serious than other offenses, Lao sources say.
Student in capital struggles after flood condemned her once well-off family to poverty
Villagers are warned not to use water or eat fish taken from the river pending an investigation.
About 900 families in Vang Vieng district suffer in smog and dust
Survivors have not received living stipends over past two months.
The two co-owners had defrauded hundreds of Lao investors of thousands of dollars in personal savings.
One official says merchants from China bribe local authorities, bend rules, and evade taxes.