Many in Laos resent Vietnam's huge economic footprint and major role in resource extraction in their country.
Flood-damaged roads are neglected as Vientiane prepares for a major regional summit next year.
A monitoring mechanism is needed to ensure Laos honors its commitments, he says.
Viphet Sihachakr says he will appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
The Lao government has done little to resolve outstanding cases of forced disappearances, critics say.
Rights groups say without assurances, the talks could prove meaningless.
The move comes in response to heavy public criticism about the high costs and low quality of thoroughfare upgrades.
An exile rights group says seating Laos on 47-member panel would have been ‘most unfortunate’ in view of the country's record.
A leaked report by the environmental group WWF shows timber imports by China and Vietnam greatly exceed Lao exports.
They say regulations should not be bent for residents of Laos' largest trading partner.
They are telling Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand that building work on the Don Sahong dam will begin by year-end.
Rights groups see official concern over the open discussion of politically sensitive subjects.
Bounthanh Thammavong is serving a nearly five-year prison sentence in Laos for criticizing the government online.
A diplomatic source says Lao-born expat did not have access to legal assistance.
They want government leaders to seek a rate lower than three percent on the U.S. $500 million loan.
Hundreds of trucks in the southern provinces continue to illegally ship wood to Vietnam, a civil society official says.
Start of project is delayed by Lao political calendar, Chinese concerns about ability to service loans.
The Lao government is urged to account for the forced disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
New onerous requirements will slow funding and hinder the work of such groups, says one NGO official.
Neighbors concerned at damage to the vital Mekong River if dam goes ahead criticize Laos' unilateral move.
The move is part of a continued crackdown on Christians in the predominantly Buddhist country.
The company’s estimate is US $26 million less than that proposed by a Chinese firm thought to have ties to the Lao government.
They want the government to accelerate its investigation into the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
The 13 Laotians were forced work on a pig farm without pay after they were smuggled to Thailand.
Local citizens were scandalized by the club, which features pole dancers inside a historic cave.
Finance officials and other senior figures profited from the schemes, a state auditor says.
A police officer says local authorities are powerless to stem illegal timber exports to Vietnam.
Sources say the issues of most importance haven’t been reported for 65 years.
Seizures by police include large quantities of amphetamines and the chemicals used to produce them, sources say.
She spent more than two months in custody after the photos appeared on Facebook.