Villagers fear destruction of Vang Vieng's natural beauty, loss of their land, and China's growing reach.
They had wanted to hold ceremonies deemed by local authorities to violate Lao cultural traditions.
They are forced out of their village in spite of a national law protecting Christians’ rights to practice and preach their religion.
20 Facebook pages have registered under a policy that some Laos support and others are wary about.
Zhao Wei, a Chinese national, was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2018 as the head of a trafficking network.
Rights groups welcome release of ‘Thitsy,’ urge Vientiane to respect the rights of dissenters.
Lao representative dismissed concerns, commended “overwhelming positive feedback.”
Bridge is part of Lao-China Railway, a key component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The law passed last year allows Christian churches to worship and preach, freedoms often denied in rural areas.
Holdouts rejected initial offer in March 2019, accept higher amount 17 months later.
Houayheuang Xayabouly, 30, also called Mouay, has been jailed for five years for criticizing the government’s handling of floods in a Facebook post.
Described by Laos as 'a gift,' the station is launched amid concerns over China's growing influence over its weaker neighbor.
Three years after company co-owners were jailed, no progress has been made on returning investors' funds.
Critics say the joint power grid company could represent a Chinese takeover.
Cooperation aims to spread warning system data more quickly.
Sangkhane Phachanthavong is being questioned for links to “an anti-government group” after airing complaints on Facebook.
Casino job-hunters from China, Myanmar, and Vietnam cross at remote, lightly guarded outposts.
Activists Sombath Somphone, Od Sayavong and others are remembered, but their cases have been ignored by communist authorities.
Lao residents say their government has not done routine spraying to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Od Sayavong disappeared in Bangkok on Aug. 26, 2019 after calling in public for democracy and human rights in Laos.
Xaysana Keopimpha was found guilty of smuggling millions of pills of methamphetamine into Thailand.
“I cannot find any jobs in my hometown, so I regret that I came home,” said a young Lao woman.
Compensation payments are 'too low' say villagers who remain stranded in their homes without land to farm.
Seventy years after the establishment of state media, Laos ranks near the bottom in press freedom.
Residents close to the border worry that Vietnamese migrants may enter Laos by avoiding border checkpoints, though.
Attracted by the Golden Triangle SEZ, hundreds are caught, tested and deported.
Employer says Lou Xiong walked off the job at a busy time. He says he was too tired to work past 7 pm.
The Mekong River Commission says early construction is allowed but “interesting.”
The 34 in Laos are quickly arrested and sent home the next day after being checked for signs of infection.
Provincial officials say that land suitable for farming is hard to find in the mountainous region where villagers have been sent.