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.
The law says violators can face criminal charges.
Environmental groups, riparian communities want Don Sahong dam project halted.
Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand are closely monitoring the situation for possible floods.
She says she will leave only if offered a comparable plot.
Laos says the project is suspended, but the builder says work continues.
Beijing says it will speed up studies on project cost.
‘Budget tensions’ are cited for the hold affecting more than 150,000 employees.
Pilot program will track logs, lay framework for more transparent documentation.
Beijing appears concerned over its communist ally's ability to repay loans.
The government is drafting a set of laws to regulate online information
Lao officials confirm he has been repatriated home from Thailand.
But it says it will not suspend the project pending consultations.
It decides to seek more information on Thailand’s agreement to purchase power from the project.
Environmental groups sound warning ahead of regional talks next week.
Authorities ignore concerns over the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, Human Rights Watch says.
They will consider whether Laos will have to consult its neighbors before moving ahead with the project, officials say.
The EU says it stressed the need for a vibrant civil society environment in the Southeast Asian state in a recent human rights dialogue.
The defense and security ministers perish in a military aircraft crash in northern Laos.
The villagers confront farmers over the overuse of chemicals.
She is ‘completely in the dark’ almost a year and a half since Sombath Somphone vanished.