So far, officials have completed surveys about the project’s impact in only two villages.
Though plantations are being phased out in the country's northern provinces, new farms are being set up in the south.
Officials will inspect factories upstream for evidence of pollutants cast off into village water sources.
The high-speed rail network will displace thousands of residents of four provinces and Vientiane prefecture.
State inspectors carry out investigations across the country, charging and jailing party and government officials.
The dolphins' numbers grow slightly in next-door Cambodia, though, due to better protections.
The nation meets eligibility criteria for the first time since it was added to the list in 1971.
A young Lao woman recounts her abuse as a trafficked bride in China.
About two tons of drugs seized, 11 suspects arrested in the past week, officials say.
Authorities in Bokeo province confiscate three of the animals from villagers who caught them in a forest when they were cubs.
Xaysana Keopimpha led a lavish lifestyle prior to his 2017 arrest at a Bangkok airport.
The EU says it raised cases of disappeared persons and urged Laos to sign a UN convention.
Losses are massive despite government anti-corruption campaigns, citizens and officials report.
But further tests are needed to determine the level of pesticide and herbicide residue in their blood.
The group was held in a room surrounded by wire fencing and forced to work under threat for long hours at little pay.
Somkot Mangnomek, governor of Xieng Khouang province, had authorized a shipment of timber without central government approval.