Hundreds of trucks in the southern provinces continue to illegally ship wood to Vietnam, a civil society official says.
Start of project is delayed by Lao political calendar, Chinese concerns about ability to service loans.
The Lao government is urged to account for the forced disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
New onerous requirements will slow funding and hinder the work of such groups, says one NGO official.
Neighbors concerned at damage to the vital Mekong River if dam goes ahead criticize Laos' unilateral move.
The move is part of a continued crackdown on Christians in the predominantly Buddhist country.
The company’s estimate is US $26 million less than that proposed by a Chinese firm thought to have ties to the Lao government.