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Train CLE to the Village Leader in Luangnamtha and Oudomxay Province

By: Pangthong Xayyavong, FLP CLE Lecturer and Pavina Thephithuck, Senior Legal Fellow

On the 24th January to 2nd February 2016, The Faculty of Law and Political Science Clinical Legal Education(FLP CLE) had been to the North of Laos, Luangnamtha and Oudomxay Province to do a 2days Training of Trainer (Each District) to the 29 Village Leader, in 3 District which are from Sing District, Luangnamtha Province and Lar and Namor District in Oudomxay Province. Which were support by Care International Oganization. More than 261 Village Leader attend the workshop. In this member of participants are include: Head of the Village, Duty Head of the Village, Woman’s union, Elderly, Police of the Village, Land unit in the village, Youth unit and Village mediation unit.

A session opens to debate legislation

Vientiane Times, December 8, 2015.

President of the National Assembly Ms Pany Yathotou has called for various government sectors to enhance their efforts and push for more rapid development progress, seeking to enable the country to escape from least developed country status by 2020. She said although complex global changes have been made since the last session in the middle of this year, the country was able to maintain political stability and security as well as push for the continued growth of its economy. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 10th Ordinary Session of the NA in Vientiane on Monday, Ms Pany highlighted the achievements over the last NA session and challenges to be addressed in the future.

Laos readies for forest law enforcement with EU

Vientiane Times, November 6, 2015.

The government is preparing to negotiate the first round of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan for illegal logging prevention and to increase the value of wood exports . The negotiations are expected to start at the beginning of next year when Laos is ready for every stage of the first round, the Forestry Inspection Department Director General, Mr. Khamphouth Phandanouvong, told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Xayaboury bans further investment in banana farms

Vientiane Times, October 22, 2015.

Xayaboury province will impose restrictions on banana farms following reports which suggested that farms in several provinces had used harmful chemicals which leaked into the soil and threatened local livelihoods. Governor of the northwestern province, Mr Phongsavanh Sitthavong, recently informed the media that Xayaboury would allow only companies that had already been granted a concession to plant bananas on approved areas. New investments or the expansion of existing plantations will not be allowed.

Govt set to issue 60,000 land titles next fiscal year

VT Times, September 17, 2015

The government has set a target to register 100,000 land plots and issue land titles on 60,000 plots in the next fiscal year 2015-16. The target was approved by the cabinet at the government’s monthly meeting for August held late last month at the Government Office in Vientiane. Since the programme to issue land titles began in 1997, it is expected that more than 900,000 land titles will h ave been issued by this fiscal year which finishes at the end of this month, Deputy Director General of the Land Administration Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Anothai Chanthalasy said recently.

Officials discuss access to justice in Laos

Vientiane Times,  August 28, 2015.

Experts from the legal sector in Laos met with their counterparts from Vietnam, China and Singapore yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the improvement of services and access to justice in Laos. The improvement of access to justice by the Lao people forms part of a project for the implementation of the legal sector master plan (SPLSMP).

600 people receive free legal aid in six months

Vientiane Times 13 August 2015

Some 600 poor people throughout the country have received free legal aid through the Lao Bar Association’s (LBA) legal aid clinics over the past six months, with 70 of them having court cases found in their favour. Lao Bar Association President Mr Mixay Thepmany talked about the free legal aid provided by the LBA in an interview with Vientiane Times last week.

Poor accounting hollows out timber revenues

Vientiane Times, July 08, 2015. 

The Ministry of Finance has identified numerous loopholes in the accounting of timber sold by local authorities that meant the government has been missing out on much needed revenue. The government has set the target to collect revenue of 100 billion kip from the sale of its timbers for the 2014-15 fiscal year but in the past six months of this fiscal year only 13 billion kip was collected. Of particular concern was the sale of timber acquired from state stockpiles, as the revenue was not being paid back to the national budget by local authorities, the ministry has said.

Constitutional amendment and public participation discussed

Vientiane Times, 29th May 2015

Members of the Governance Sector Working Group (GSWG) gathered in Vientiane to share information and views on the topics of constitutional amendment and people’s participation and engagement in the justice system at the grass-roots level. The thematic workshop took place yesterday, chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Planning and Cooperation Department Director General Mr Nisith Keopanya. This was the third meeting of the GSWG this year, with the first meeting held in March and the second held in April.

Govt steps up protection of conservation forest

Vientiane Times, 22nd May 2015

Development projects carried out in conservation forest areas in which the forest area has been converted or changed to another use must compensate for the forest loss, a new decree states. The government recently issued the Decree on Conservation Forest that identifies principles, measures and regulations on the establishment, allocation, management, protection, development and use of conservation forests.

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