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S Korea Criticized for Failing to Protect Children’s Rights over Laos Dam Collapse

South Korea has been criticized for failing to protect children’s rights after a dam collapse in Laos caused dozens of deaths last year. The United Nations has advised the country to “closely look into” its overseas projects for possible violations of such rights.The United Nations ...

Taejun Kang
https://laotiantimes.com/2019/10/09/s-korea-criticized-for-failing-to-protect-childrens-rights-over-laos-dam-collapse/

Save the Mekong Coalition Urges Cancellation of Laos’ Proposed Fifth Large Mekong River Dam

A coalition of NGOs called for the cancellation of a project to build what would be Laos’ fifth large Mekong river dam Tuesday, citing the disastrous effects that existing dams have had on the region’s ability to cope with environmental crises.The planned Luang Prabang Dam ...

Eugene Whong
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/save-mekong-coalition-luang-prabang-10082019144557.html

Chinese Cement Factory Blast Kills 1, Injures 20 in Laos

An explosion Saturday caused by rock blasting for a Chinese cement plant in northern Laos tore through a village, killing at least one person and injuring more than 20 others, residents said.Houses and vehicles were also wrecked by the blast in Phonemany village, Nam Bak district, ...

RFA's Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/cement-blast-10062019112820.html

Provincial Official in Laos Wants to Cancel Concession for Chinese Coal Company

Officials for the local government in Laos’ Houaphanh province say they want to cancel the survey contract of a Chinese coal company after learning that its operations in the province have caused hardship for villagers who have yet to see any compensation.The company reportedly damaged ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-chinese-coal-survey-10022019170509.html

Villagers in Laos Resist 50-year Land Concession to Thai Developer

Residents of seven villages in Laos’ Luang Namtha province are resisting a 7,000-hectare land concession granted to a Thai company that would force them to relocate.The villagers are also concerned that the proposed industrial zones that would be developed on the site by Thailand’s Amata ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-thailand-concession-10012019165645.html

Woman Held For 'Defaming' Laos is Refused Family Visits

A Lao woman arrested on Sept. 12 on charges of defaming the country is still being kept from seeing family members until completion of a police investigation into her activities, sources told RFA’s Lao Service on Thursday.Houayheuang Xayabouly, 30, was arrested on Sept. 12 after ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/refused-09262019131452.html

Mekong River Commission Defends Seven-Week Silence on Lao Dam Project Submission

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Wednesday defended its decision to wait nearly seven weeks before officially notifying the public that Laos began a preliminary procedure for the construction of a large dam that would be its fifth on the Mekong river.The Lao government informed the ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-mrc-silence-submission-mekong-dam-09252019170454.html

Thai NGOs Speak Out Against Proposed Dam in Laos

A new dam planned for construction on the Mekong River in Laos is causing great concern for environmental NGOs from Thailand, who say Laos’ fifth big dam on the river will have adverse effects on fish and people in the region.The Luangprabang hydropower project would ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-luang-prabang-dam-mekong-09232019161400.html

Floods Last Year Cause Rice Prices in Laos to Double

The price of sticky rice is skyrocketing in Laos, in the wake of massive floods in one of the country’s most fertile regions and various other causes, amid rising prices of food in general due to the African swine flu epidemic that has ravaged China ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-sticky-rice-price-increase-09052019094704.html

Lao Migrants Fleeing Poverty Defy Dangers to Work in Thailand

Lao workers, many of them young and some still in their teens, have poured in growing numbers this year into neighboring Thailand, braving exploitation and unsafe work conditions in search of employment to help support families back home, sources in the Southeast Asian nation say.Many ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/migrants-08272019160657.html

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