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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

Ten Lao Migrant Workers Die, Three Injured in Thailand Road Crash

Ten undocumented Lao migrant workers were killed and three others were seriously injured in a head-on collision early Sunday in eastern Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province while traveling by van to Chanthaburi province on the border of Cambodia to renew their tourist visas, Thai police said.“There ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/ten-lao-migrant-workers-die-08202019144737.html

Lao Capital Villagers Balk at Below-Market Payment For Land Lost to Expressway

Residents of 18 villages in two districts of Laos’ capital Vientiane have refused to accept state compensation for loss of land to a local toll expressway project, saying that the amount offered is much lower than market value.Officials are offering the nearly 160 families from ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/lao-capital-villagers-balk-08142019151459.html

Dam Break in Northeast Laos Causes Heavy Losses For Locals, Builder

Heavy monsoonal rains in northeastern Laos ripped through a small one-megawatt hydropower dam in Xieng Khouang province’s Pek district earlier this week, causing extensive damage and flooding rice fields and property, local residents said Wednesday.“Because of heavy rainfall and too much water, the dam couldn’t ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/dam-break-in-northeast-laos-08082019163519.html

Displaced Villagers in Laos Still Waiting for Railway Compensation

Many Lao villagers who were forced to relocate for construction on the Laos-China railway are still waiting for compensation from the government, while others who have received payments say the payments are much lower than they had expected.The railway project linking landlocked Laos with China ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/lao-china-railway-compensation-delay-07162019170632.html

Nearly 500 Families to be Displaced This Month for Laos’ Fifth Mekong River Dam

A new Mekong river dam in Laos’ Luang Prabang province will displace up to 465 families this month, the latest in the continuing trend of hydropower projects forcing villagers to relocate all over the country.Residents of 10 villages in Luang Prabang’s Chomphet district must be ...

RFA’s Lao Service
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-luang-prabang-displacement-07122019165743.html

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