A provincial official says it was illegal for the court to sentence them for praying for the recovery of an ill woman.
The policy will be slowly and gradually rolled out across the rest of the country.
Authorities try to keep young Laotians from getting lured into the sex industry.
Authorities are targeting drug kingpins, local dealers and addicts in cities and rural areas.
Differences delay a ruling on whether the project’s prior consultation period is complete.
Local residents question where the politicians are getting the money to construct expensive houses.
She says no new information was provided at a UN rights review.
But a high-ranking Lao official with a dubious role in the matter orders the statue to be returned to Ongtue Wat.
Civil society groups take the country to task for enforced disappearances and other rights violations.
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.
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.