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Human Rights

Asking for release ຮຽກຮ້ອງເພື່ອປ່ອຍໂຕ

Asking for release ຮຽກຮ້ອງເພື່ອປ່ອຍໂຕ Miss Xayabouly HouayheuangArrested: Pakse, Champasak, LAOS on September 12, 2019Case: Freedom of Expression ນາງ ຮ່ວາຍເຮືອງ ໄຊຍະບູລີ (ນາງ ຫມວຍ ຫມູນ້ອຍ) ຖືກຈັບທີ່: ປາເຊ, ຈຳປາສັກ ວັນທີ 12 ເດືອນ 9, 2019 We will update the news when it is available. Further info please contact: Lao Human Rights P O BOX 194 Spiro, OK 74959 USA […]

Lao News

Laos, Trying to Build Its Way to an Economic Boom, Could Be Sunk by Debt

Is Laos on the edge of an economic boom, or a bust? Six of the 11 countries in Southeast Asia have an external debt higher than the developing world average of 26 percent of gross national income, according to a report last year by FT Confidential Research, an independent research service from the Financial Times. […]

Lao News

Trump taps Tufts University alum to be next ambassador to Laos

President Trump has tapped a Tufts University alum to serve as the next ambassador to Laos. In a statement Tuesday, the White House said Trump will nominate Peter M. Haymond as ambassador to the southeast Asian nation, officially named the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Haymond’s a Foreign Service lifer. The statement described him as “a […]

Human Rights

Thai government pressed over missing Lao activist Od Sayavong

Human Rights Watch calls for information on fate of 34-year-old amid a spate of disappearances of activists Rights groups in Thailand have urged the government to investigate the apparent enforced disappearance of Od Sayavong, a prominent pro-democracy activist from Laos who has been missing for almost two weeks. The 34-year-old Laotian activist was last seen […]

Lao News

Confronting Property Rights and Wrongs in Laos

The issue of property rights looms large as part of various issues that the Southeast Asian country and its people are contending with. When, on July 23 last year, an auxiliary dam of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower complex in southern Laos collapsed, the torrent unleashed rolled through tens of kilometers of land, even gushing […]

World News

Pompeo says US not asking Asia to take sides against China

BANGKOK — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Washington isn’t asking any Asian nation to take sides as it engages with the region where China is battling for influence and aggressively expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea. Pompeo hailed an Indo-Pacific engagement framework adopted by the leaders of the Association […]

Asian News

Defense Policy Exchange Spotlights Vietnam-Laos Military Cooperation

A recent interaction spotlighted ongoing efforts by the two sides to make advances in their security collaboration. ast week, Vietnam and Laos held what was officially characterized as a new defense policy exchange between the two countries. The interaction spotlighted some of the ongoing efforts by the two sides to continue to make inroads in […]

Lao News

The Only Way to End Corruption in Laos

A true elimination of the problem will only come with broader political change in the country. Is Laos’ ruling communist party building up to an anti-corruption campaign similar to the ones we’ve seen in China and Vietnam? Since Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith came to power in early 2016, more officials have been dismissed because of […]

Human Rights

In 2019, USCIRF again places Laos on its Tier 2

In 2018, religious freedom conditions in Laos trended the same as in 2017. It continued to be difficult to obtain and confirm details about religious freedom violations due to heavy govern-ment censorship and restrictions on freedom of information. Lao officials seek to control all perceived challenges to state authority and often characterize religious and ethnic […]

World News

U.S. Prepared to Strike Iran Before Approval Was Abruptly Withdrawn

(WASHINGTON) — The United States made preparations for a military strike against Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but the operation was abruptly called off with just hours to go, a U.S. official said. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of […]