Legal expert says corrupt officials can use legal loopholes to take over villagers’ lands.
Rescued females agreed to marry Chinese men, but were treated like property once they arrived in China.
Broken toilets, lack of clean water, force many to return to their old homes, with compensation still not paid for property losses.
Thai activist group protests amid fears dam will hurt fisheries, environment.
After one death in custody and seven releases, seven Yeub village protesters remain incarcerated.
Government blames drought, not dam for depleted fish stocks.
Laos’ “Crown Prince” urges overseas Lao to continue the fight for democracy.
Xayaburi dam will go online before the end of October, while Don Sahong enters final testing phase.
Authorities claim Thitphay Thammavong’s land has been owned by the state since 2001.
Animal rights NGOs say transporting the elephants to perform for tourists is abuse.
Cement factory owner blames previous blasting subcontractor’s undetonated explosives for the accident.
NGOs say transforming the river into a series of lakes would cause ‘irreversible damage’ to its health and productivity.
“The Chinese factory never warns villagers of the blasts in advance,” said a local villager.
About 3000 Lao women and girls have been trafficked to China in the last decade.
Surveys conducted by company have damaged farmland and caused landslide.
They call on the Lao and Thai governments to account for missing democracy advocate Od Sayavong.
Company says villagers all agree with proposed industrial project.
Houayheuang Xayabouly, also called Mouay, had criticized the Lao government for its slow response to floods in the country's southern provinces.