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More Chinese-Owned Banana Plantations to Close in Laos

Lao government orders closing down environmentally destructive Chinese banana farms, first reported in January in Bokeo province, are now in force in six other provinces in the Southeast Asian...

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Chinese Marriage Proposals Become Prostitution Nightmares for Some Lao Girls

Lao high school girls are being lured into China with promises of rich husbands only to find they have been sold to a brothel or forced into street prostitution, RFA’s Lao Service has...

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Obama urged to press Laos on human rights at regional summit

BANGKOK - Activists have called on U.S. President Barack Obama to press Laos on its human rights record on issues such as illegal land concessions and forced evictions, when he visits the Communist...

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US State Department chides Southeast Asia in religious freedom report

From “disproportionate” restrictions on minority religious groups in Laos to unfair targeting of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the US is highly critical of religious freedom in Southeast...

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Lao Authorities on the Lookout for Facebook Friends

Authorities are looking for Facebook “friends” and other connections to three Lao citizens arrested in March for criticizing their government and ruling party via the popular social media...

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Witness Accounts of Arrest of Kem Leys Accused Murderer Raise Questions About Official Story

Several Cambodian eyewitnesses to the chase and apprehension of the man accused of killing popular political analyst Kem Ley inside a convenience store earlier this month describe the suspect as...

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