Laos: NA endorses report on land concessions

The Laos government has awarded land concessions to foreign and domestic companies for the use of about 11.7 million hectares. “But the amount of land actually being used for development is about 549,248 hectares,” Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Economy, Technology and Environment said.

Dying for land in Lao?

Villagers detained for defending their lands from land grabs were beaten and subjected to electric shocks in the days following their arrest, with another later reported to have died in custody.