Provincial governments have trouble coming up with the funds or are spending too much time on accounting procedures.
The men are in failing health due to harsh conditions in the facility where they are being held, a local source says.
Lump sum payments of $10,000 per person confirmed by Attapeu provincial governor
Bodies of two men recovered from Mekong River were identified by DNA.
The villager was one of a group detained for protesting the seizure of their land for use by a Vietnamese rubber company.
Rural citizens of Vientiane’s Vang Vieng district pre-emptively refuse to sell for a Chinese tourism project that might encroach on their land.
With limited options at home, young Laotians are sneaking into China's Yunnan province in search of greener pastures
One couple relocates to Thailand after compensation for their lost farm never arrives.
Workers leave Laos for higher pay and lower expenses in Thailand.
They fear displacement from their land and homes as plans proceed for a tourist zone in scenic Vang Vieng.
Three church leaders and four congregation members are released after being held for holding an 'illegal' service.
3000 victims of July dam burst at risk as rice stocks deplete in Sanamxay district.
'Laos doesn't pay in cash,' one source says as defense ties between the two countries grow.
Meanwhile, Christians living in remote areas of the country are harassed and expelled from their homes by local officials.
Government identifies and punishes countless cases of corruption, yet Laos falls in transparency index
Complaints on social media force one district to retreat from its demands for cash, sources say.
Six years have passed since the popular rural development expert and land rights advocate vanished at a police checkpoint outside Vientiane.
Political prisoners are never amnestied, as their crimes are considered more serious than other offenses, Lao sources say.