Laos

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.

Vinamilk, Lao-Jagro partner in organic dairy farm and resort

Vinamilk, Vietnam’s largest dairy company, has teamed up with Lao and Japanese businesses to build an organic dairy farm and resort in Xieng Khuang province, Laos. The first phase of the farm will cover 5,000 ha and the second phase is expected to expand the farm to 15,000-20,000 ha.

Lao protest villager freed, 11 still held

Lao authorities have released a villager held since 2017 for protesting the loss of land awarded by the government to a Vietnamese rubber company, but 11 others remain in detention, with another reported to have died in custody last year.