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Kay Danes, OAM from Brisbane, Australia :

The Laos Government is a signatory to numerous human rights declarations and yet it continues to violate its treaty and conventions obligations. Everyone who travels/lives in Laos should become familiar with the laws of that country and should abide by them. However, let us not for one moment imagine that following the law will protect anyone from falling foul of it. All too often the Lao authorities disregard the Lao laws as they are written and agreed upon in principle. Moreover, the conditions of Laos prisons are horrendous. No UN or Red Cross inspections are permitted to ensure the human rights of prisoners are upheld. Torture is still a current occurrence in Laos prisons which is in direct violation of the treaties and conventions that the Laos Government has signed. If Laos were actually a democracy as it claims to be 'Lao People's Democratic Party' then it would create a more open and transparent system in respect to its judicial and penitentiary processes. The current judicial process in such cases as these, do not allow for adversarial proceedings. They are not transparent and are generally conducted behind closed doors.

There are hundreds of prisoners in Laos who are detained in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the Lao Government signed on 7 December 2000. Twenty years on and they still refuse or fail to adhere to its principles. As a torture survivor of a Laos prison (Phonthong) I am disheartened that the International Community continue to turn a blind eye to the Laos Government's continued antiquated and primitive practices. In this Century there is no reason at all that people who are detained cannot be afforded fair and humane treatment in an open and transparent system where all of their rights are upheld. It is after all representative of a civil society!

Jan 16, 2020 04:59 PM

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Watching U from VIETIANE :

So many people CRITICIZED LAO COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT WHY HER Why arrest her I guess
she has no connection to Communist Lao
GOT 5 YEARS SENTENCE FOR CRITICIZING COMMUNIST LAO and What could anyone do now
other than some talking and Fence sitter
Waiting for What?

Nov 25, 2019 07:10 PM

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Anonymous Reader :

Laos looks more and more like China. Oh I forgot. The two countries are run by communist parties.Scums of the world they are!

Nov 25, 2019 05:41 PM

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