On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, overseas human rights groups call for change in Laos.
Massive rainfall and overflowing rivers have killed more than one hundred people in Laos and Vietnam. Bad weather is expected to persist in the lower Mekong Basin until the end of September.
Thailand has returned another group of ethnic Hmong sheltering in a refugee camp to neighboring Laos. The Hmong say they chose to return once it became clear that resettlement in third countries wasn’t an option.
The unprecedented surge in global food prices is making life even more difficult for residents of impoverished Laos, where one provincial official is calling on the central government to provide food aid and step up irrigation efforts.
Armed Thai soldiers dragged a group of Lao Hmong asylum-seekers from a crowded holding camp here onto trucks to deport them and sent dogs after two who jumped from a moving truck to avoid repatriation, witnesses said.
Government troops in Laos have been ordered to shoot to kill ethnic Hmong insurgents in the country's northern jungle regions, with cash rewards offered for every "enemy" killed.
The United Nations’ refugee agency is calling on Thailand to free 149 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers from Laos whom it has detained at an immigration center for more than a year.