Lao News

A Milestone for the Mekong River Commission

On the occasion of the Second Mekong River Commission Summit in Ho Chi Minh City, the United States congratulates the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and its member countries on its nearly two decades of achievement.

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Xayaburi dam 30% finished, says Laos

Laos’s controversial Xayaburi dam is 30 per cent built, its government has told the Post.

Christian Converts in Laos Told to Leave Faith or Face Expulsion

Christian Converts in Laos Told to Leave Faith or Face Expulsion; Eight Families Under Threat of Being Expelled from Village

More than two dozen Christian converts in a village in southern Laos could be expelled for their faith if government officials fail to keep local authorities from violating their constitutional rights, according to an advocacy group.

Cambodia Calls for Laos to Reconsider Mekong Dam

The Cambodian government has reiterated calls for Laos to reconsider its construction of a dam on the Mekong River that critics say could have serious ecological and economic impacts on people living downstream.

Laos inflation may deter investors

VIENTIANE - Rising inflation in Laos is undermining the country's attraction as a low-cost manufacturing base, a report said on Thursday, although investment figures remain solid.

External investors, particularly Japanese, are put off by inflation and rising labour costs, the state-run Vientiane Times said.

Young Laotians Learn Chinese to Improve Job Prospects

VIENTIANE, Laos — On alternate mornings, in a sparsely furnished classroom at a private school in the Laotian capital, Liphakone Ratthida and a dozen of his classmates converse in Chinese and study China’s history and culture.

Hundreds of Local Workers Laid Off at Laos Gold Mine

Hundreds of local workers have been laid off at an Australian-operated gold mine in southern Laos following an announcement last year by company executives that the firm would cease mining the precious commodity due to rising costs.

Economic fears expose Laos' unequal boom

(Reuters) - For the Communists running Laos, the fruits of capitalism have never been so bountiful.

Lao Teachers Hit by Government’s Budget Woes

A recent cut in living allowances, coupled with already frequent wage delays, have left teachers in Laos struggling to make ends meet amid financial problems gripping the government, sources in the capital said.

Independent UN experts urge Laos to probe disappearance of prominent rights activist

16 December 2013 – A group of independent United Nations experts today urged the Government of Laos to boost its investigation into the enforced disappearance a year ago of Sombath Somphone, a prominent human rights activist working on issues of land confiscation and assisting

Kerry Warns Laos Over Missing Civil Society Leader's Case

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Laos Sunday that the unresolved case of a missing local civil society leader could undermine the authoritarian state's aspirations of becoming a responsible member of the international community.

One Year Anniversary of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone's Disappearance

The United States remains deeply concerned over the fate of Sombath Somphone, one of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s most respected civil society figures, on the one-year anniversary of his abduction.

Interview: 'All That Matters Is Sombath Be Found Quickly And Returned Safely'

Ahead of the first anniversary of Lao NGO leader Sombath Somphone's disappearance on Dec.

Human Rights Day

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Nations unite against dam

Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand have all called on Laos to submit its planned Don Sahong hydropower dam to an intergovernmental assessment.

Fundraising appeal launched to pay for search for missing Middlesbrough man swept away in Southern Laos

A SEARCH has been launched for a North-East man who has been swept away while swimming in a river Sout East Asia.

Family and friends are frantically trying to raise money to ensure that the search for John-Paul Conley continues.

Nam Theun 2 Affected People Left In the Dark

This week, the Government of Laos is convening a Round Table Meeting on Development, a high level dialogue attended by 37 international donor organizations.

End of the line for Sepon gold in Laos

THE MMG-owned Sepon mine in Laos is to close its gold operations next month as the cost of production has doubled since last year, to $US1880 an ounce - 157 per cent of the price of gold at the end of the first half.