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Lao Banana Workers Sickened by Chemicals Used on Farms

Lao workers at Chinese-operated banana plantations are falling ill in large numbers from exposure to chemicals used on the farms, with many suffering from respiratory or liver problems, sources in the Southeast Asian nation say. Lao government orders began closing down the environmentally destructive farms in the country’s northern provinces in January 2017, with the […]

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Laos Announces Another Controversial Dam on the Mekong

PHNOM PENH — The Laos government has announced plans for a fourth major dam on the Mekong mainstream just months after the feasibility of another of its hydroelectric projects was thrown into question by a delayed power deal. Laos notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) last week of its intention to build a 770 megawatt […]

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UN Committee Set to Examine Civil and Political Rights in Laos

A U.N. review of the rights record of Laos scheduled for July should look closely into the condition of civil and political rights in the Southeast Asian country, focusing on reports in recent years of forced disappearances and harsh prison terms handed out to critics of the country’s government, two Paris-based rights groups say. Numerous […]