Sombath Somphone, who fought against government land deals, disappeared in December 2012.
Some enter as tourists or are trafficked, sold by one employer to another for sexual exploitation or work for little pay.
The undocumented laborers were traveling to a border town to renew their tourist visas.
The accident in Luang Prabang province injured 31 other Chinese passengers.
‘The whole village is collapsing,’ says one resident of the Nam Ou 4 Dam resettlement village.
The dispute over land prices, environmental impact has held up construction, officials say.
Flooding from the breach damages homes and rice fields.
The residents of Sekong province's Yeub village had cut down trees and obstructed workers on land seized by the government to give to a Vietnamese company.
Authorities promise compensation, but decide to help those who lost everything first.
Chinese police worked with their Lao counterparts to return the teenage girls.
Farmers say they are waiting for late monsoonal rains to begin to provide some relief.
International Rivers and Inclusive Development International describe survivors’ hopeless situation while calling on governments, corporations, and banks to act responsibly.
One year on, many struggle with bad living conditions, food scarcity and undervaluation of damages.
Rivers run dry downstream as dams close to keep water levels higher upstream.
Lao residents are meanwhile increasingly abandoning state-controlled news sources to find news they can trust, sources say.
With no nearby arable land, relocated farmers return to their old villages to tend rice fields during planting season.
Many who received payments after losing their homes or land say it is not enough.
More than 1,000 families will lose their homes by the project’s completion.
District governor says compensation will be paid out by developer, but does not say when.
Farmers, fishermen lose crops and catches as water levels swell as high as 3.7 meters.
The business of cultivating bananas in Laos for the Chinese market–widely discredited because of the impact of the excessive use of chemicals on the environment and health–is alive and kicking.
Ministry of Energy and Mines already discovers several noncompliant dams.
Three holdout families say they have no desire to leave their homes.
Nam Ao dam’s developer claimed the villagers exaggerated the extent of damage, causing a second investigation and further delaying payments.
Bounthanh Thammavong, 55, was jailed for Facebook comments critical of the country’s one-party regime.
Plans for a massive hydropower dam near Luang Prabang that could displace thousands of people appear to be advancing as Laos rushes to realize its ambition to become a power-generating hub for Southeast Asia.
They say state officials interfere with court decisions and escape strict punishment for their own abuses of power.
Meanwhile, traffickers begin to leaflet openly in Vientiane to recruit young women and girls as ‘brides.’
Attapeu province’s governor cites funding issues as an excuse for nonpayment.
Government promised land to survivors, then granted a concession to Chinese-owned banana company.