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Vientiane Authorities Say That Luang Area Belongs to Investors

RFA, 01 August, 2013

Authorities in Laos have issued an order informing hold-out residents of an area in the capital slated for a massive urban development project that they are not to sell their land as it now belongs to the site’s developers from China. The order came amid general concerns of government mismanagement and corruption in disputes between residents and investors.

NA calls for govt to explain, address revenue loss

Vientiane Times, 19 July, 2013

National Assembly members have asked the government to explain irregularities in revenue collection and the reasons behind them when reporting on the state’s annual financial status. NA members made the suggestion when debating the government’s national socio-economic development plan at the ongoing ordinary NA session.

Party Secretary General calls for tougher measures against corruption

Vientiane Times, 30 March, 2012

Party Secretary General Choummaly Sayasone has called on Party organisations and government bodies, mass organisations and other elements of the country’s political system to strike out more firmly against corruption. Mr Choummaly, who is also President of the Lao PDR, made the call on Wednesday in his address at the Second Nationwide Inspection Meeting which was attended by Politburo members and government officials, alongside members of central and local inspection bodies. The meeting ran from March 26-28.

Off the air in Laos

Asia Times Online, February 22, 2012

Amid an unprecedented flurry of public debate and critique of government policies and actions, Lao authorities abruptly canceled a popular call-in radio program in late January without any public explanation. The program, Talk of the News, ran for four consecutive years and encouraged the public to comment on issues of the day through often anonymous phone calls. The host, Ounkeo Souksavanh, an urbane ex-print journalist found himself uniquely enmeshed in the Lao population’s complaints and grievances.

National Assembly meets with constituents in Vientiane

Vientiane Times, February 16,2012

Problems related to land use, education, transparency of state bodies and medical ethics are the main concerns raised by the public to the National Assembly (NA). The NA is committed to submitting these issues to the government for resolution to allay the fears of the public.

Vietnam’s contentious Land Law

Asia Sentinel, Februry 1, 2012

This is the first of a three-part series on corruption in Vietnam’s land confiscation, which in many ways rivals China’s, by David Brown, a retired diplomat with the US Foreign Service who served in several posts throughout Southeast Asia.

FAO and TI: Corruption undermining land access and development

FAO and Transparency International, December 12, 2011

Transparency and accountability help to ensure that land resources benefit everyone.

Unprecedented pressures on land have been created as new areas are cultivated, taken over by expanding urban centres or abandoned due to degradation, climate change and conflict, according to a working paper jointly prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and global corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI).

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