Critics liken the proposal to ‘putting Laos up for sale.’
The former student protest leader says said although the protest ended prematurely, its aims and objective remain alive today.
Rights groups push for their release before a UN review of the country’s human rights record.
They say the project would undermine their country’s sovereignty.
The reviews could help allay fears of damaging effects on downstream neighbors.
But the two sides must sort out many issues, Lao officials say.
The draft regulations give the government sweeping oversight of the groups.