Local residents question where the politicians are getting the money to construct expensive houses.
An international group wants authorities to step up monitoring at major points of entry.
But one government official argues that it's too late to use the system.
Construction on the dam will proceed despite concern from stakeholders.
She has formed an initiative to press the Lao government to continue investigating her husband’s disappearance.
Round table participants express concern over how the measures will be implemented.
The smuggling of logs takes place through unofficial border crossings.
They want a UN group on missing persons to get involved in the case.
The agency shrugs off suggestions that it supports limiting civil society.
A source says they were forced to leave after refusing to renounce their faith.
Critics liken the proposal to ‘putting Laos up for sale.’
The former student protest leader says said although the protest ended prematurely, its aims and objective remain alive today.
Rights groups push for their release before a UN review of the country’s human rights record.
They say the project would undermine their country’s sovereignty.
The reviews could help allay fears of damaging effects on downstream neighbors.
But the two sides must sort out many issues, Lao officials say.
The draft regulations give the government sweeping oversight of the groups.