Sy Phong had been held in jail without trial as one of two suspected ringleaders of a protest over village land given to a Vietnamese company.
More than 200 officials have been dismissed or warned over bribes or embezzlement since March.
Soil was used instead of concrete, causing the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy saddle dam to fail in heavy rain, an official report concludes.
Thousands of acres have been granted to banana farms that negotiate with local officials to skirt the ban.
The Siphandone Special Economic development project promises economic growth but pits villagers against developers.
The government has offered live chickens and pigs to villagers who relocated for the Don Sahong dam project.
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar have retaliated against journalists for government criticism.
A Lao woman says she was misled by traffickers to expect a relatively high-paying job in China, taken across the Lao-China border illegally, and sold to a Chinese man.
The three had handed out religious tracts in Lao villages, and were held under loose supervision for 10 days for questioning.
Police still search for a suspect seen speeding from the crime scene in a car, sources say.
Thousands of Families Still Waiting for Compensation From Lao-China Railway Project
The start of a new farming season, the end of a holiday and weather conditions converge, making it dangerous to breathe.
Police say the believer was arrested for illegal logging, but sources say he was singled out for his beliefs
State-controlled television and other media offer only restricted, previously 'screened' information, local sources say.
The ink on the bills had smeared, alerting a shopkeeper who then called police, sources said.
Three Vision Beyond Borders “volunteers” sent to Thailand, he groups says.
The three were moved to the capital of Luang Namtha province on April 8.
The trio accused of sharing bibles are confined to area around a guesthouse.
The country's national bomb-clearing agency sends less money to work teams in the provinces this year.
Organization fears they could be held through Laos’ New Year holiday.
Though provided with new housing and schools, many have no land to farm or ways to make a living, they say.
Special rapporteur Phillip Alston speaks with RFA after an 11-day tour of Laos.
Locals fearful that investment in Boten and other zones will benefit only Chinese
Philip Alston says improvements in the lives of the poorest have not kept pace with economic growth.
Most of the cases involved infrastructure development projects such as road construction and repairs throughout the country.
As government funding runs out, food donations needed for 230 interned in Somsanga Support Center
125 families must be relocated for the Nam Theun 1 dam, but they are demanding more money to vacate their land.
Deputy PM says proper soil analyses would have revealed that the dam had a flawed design.
Unsanitary clinics with unqualified doctors lead to patient deaths.
Philip Alston asks why so many live in poverty when Laos’ economy is booming