Labor

Over 1,000 Human Trafficking Victims Get Assistance from Bokeo Police

​During a meeting on Monday, the Deputy Director General of the Police Department at the Ministry of Public Security, Major General Kanchanh Phommachack provided an update on the issue.Mr. Kanchanh mentioned the processes in place for victims of human trafficking to receive assistance through police forces at ...

Phontham Visapra

Lao fishermen return to Malaysia, despite risks

Thousands of Laotians are once again leaving their home country to work in the Malaysian fishing industry, where they are susceptible to abuse from employers due to their illegal status. The Lao Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare estimated that about 2,000 Laotians had recently ...

Souphatta

Authorities Clarify Protest by Myanmar Laborers in SEZ

The Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (SEZ) went into lockdown on Friday following the confirmation of community spread after some local workers left the zone. Authorities of the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have issued a statement regarding a protest by laborers from Myanmar. The protest ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Fighting Poverty by Protecting Landscapes

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the World Bank have launched a US$57 million Lao Landscapes and Livelihoods Project that will generate jobs and incomes in rural areas by promoting investment in environmentally sustainable and socially-responsible forest and landscape management, and in the preservation ...

KPL

Migrant Workers Stranded by COVID-19 Lockdown Desperate to Leave Laos SEZ

Workers at a special economic zone (SEZ) in northern Laos that caters to Chinese gamblers are desperate to return to their homes amid an outbreak of the coronavirus that triggered a lockdown earlier this week, saying they haven’t been paid in months and can no ...

RFA

Thailand Agrees to Vaccinate Migrant Workers Against Covid-19

According to a notice issued by the Lao Embassy to Thailand, Thai authorities have agreed to facilitate vaccinations for foreigners, including Lao migrant workers in Thailand.The notice states that vaccines will be first be administered to priority groups, including people over 60 years of age and people ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Increase in Trafficking of Lao Women to China Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Trafficking of women from Laos to China to serve as wives for Chinese men or to work in prostitution is increasing amid economic pressure following the Covid-19 pandemic.Trafficking is typically brokered by Lao middlemen who recruit young women or convince parents to marry off their ...

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More than 84,000 people driven into poverty due to pandemic

Statistics indicate that 84,418 people are unemployed and suffering severe financial hardship across the country as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including many who have been laid off from jobs in other countries.The figures were obtained by village authorities after they surveyed poor and ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

63,000 Unemployed in Laos During Covid-19 Pandemic

Laos has an estimated 63,000 unemployed, including those already in the country and migrant workers who have returned to Laos due to the Covid-19 pandemic.According to a report by the KPL, the unemployment rate in Laos is expected to increase by 20 percent.Head of the Employment Promotion ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Labour ministry, ILO target improved garment worker safety

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and International Labour Organisation (ILO) met in Vientiane last week to review occupational health and safety aiming to protect workers’ wellbeing. Technical Adviser, ILO/Vision Zero Fund in Laos, Mrs Kristina Kurths, along with senior officials ...

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