Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

Dec 12, 2014

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

by Jerome Taylor

Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist’s wife says his abductors enjoy impunity — an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely “disappearing” opponents. Sombath disappeared from the streets of the capital ...

Laotians learn about land rights through theater

Dec 3, 2014

Laotians learn about land rights through theater

by Shusuke Murai

The Japan International Volunteer Center supports villagers in Laos by educating them about land rights, using theater as a way to help them understand the legal system and develop a better future for their nation independently. This year, the group known as JVC used ...

Railroading debt into Laos

Feb 8, 2014

Railroading debt into Laos

by Nick Walker

The first time I decided to fly to Vientiane, I was faced with a tossup between a Lao Airlines twin-prop or Aeroflot Soviet Airlines. During the Cold War, when Laos was Southeast Asia’s “hermit kingdom,” these alternatives were literally the only two ways in. ...

Dec 10, 2013

JETRO to open office in surging Laos

With Laos posting economic growth of 6 to 8 percent in recent years, a growing number of Japanese companies have invested in the country as a “Plus-One” location to avert the risk of concentrating too much in neighboring Thailand and China. Surging labor costs ...

Abe discusses aid, security in Laos

Nov 17, 2013

Abe discusses aid, security in Laos

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong agreed Sunday during their summit to seek the launch of a security dialogue framework. “I would like to come to a mutual understanding (with Laos on various issues) through dialogue between our foreign and ...

North Koreans' hand-over 'dismays' U.N.

Jun 2, 2013

North Koreans' hand-over 'dismays' U.N.

The United Nations and the United States on Friday took Laos and China to task for forcing nine young asylum seekers back to North Korea, warning that the countries were flouting international commitments.