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.
As South Korean builder denies responsibility, South Korean civil organization calls IEP report’s accuracy into question.
Land cleared to compensate PNPC victims will be the site of a 2,000 ha. Chinese-owned banana plantation.
Meanwhile, Lao authorities say they are investigating assets held by the rural development advocate, who disappeared at a police checkpoint in 2012.
The Lao government confirms reports that experts blamed substandard construction for the disaster.
Sy Phong’s death in custody in April was revealed when prison officials called family members to pick up his body for religious observances and cremation.
Sy Phong had been held in jail without trial as one of two suspected ringleaders of a protest over village land given to a Vietnamese company.
More than 200 officials have been dismissed or warned over bribes or embezzlement since March.
Soil was used instead of concrete, causing the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy saddle dam to fail in heavy rain, an official report concludes.
Thousands of acres have been granted to banana farms that negotiate with local officials to skirt the ban.
The Siphandone Special Economic development project promises economic growth but pits villagers against developers.
The government has offered live chickens and pigs to villagers who relocated for the Don Sahong dam project.
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar have retaliated against journalists for government criticism.
A Lao woman says she was misled by traffickers to expect a relatively high-paying job in China, taken across the Lao-China border illegally, and sold to a Chinese man.
The three had handed out religious tracts in Lao villages, and were held under loose supervision for 10 days for questioning.
Police still search for a suspect seen speeding from the crime scene in a car, sources say.
Thousands of Families Still Waiting for Compensation From Lao-China Railway Project
The start of a new farming season, the end of a holiday and weather conditions converge, making it dangerous to breathe.
Police say the believer was arrested for illegal logging, but sources say he was singled out for his beliefs
State-controlled television and other media offer only restricted, previously 'screened' information, local sources say.
The ink on the bills had smeared, alerting a shopkeeper who then called police, sources said.
Three Vision Beyond Borders “volunteers” sent to Thailand, he groups says.
The three were moved to the capital of Luang Namtha province on April 8.
The trio accused of sharing bibles are confined to area around a guesthouse.
The country's national bomb-clearing agency sends less money to work teams in the provinces this year.