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Lao Short Film “A Little Change” – “ຕົ້ນກ້າ”

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Women’s Union of MOFA present gifts to frontline soldiers

January 17, 2013

Mrs. Naly Sisoulith (right) presents 5 million kip in cash to Dr. Venkeo Outhavong.

Mrs. Naly Sisoulith (right) presents 5 million kip in cash to Dr. Venkeo Outhavong.

The Women’s Union of the External Relation Commission of the Party CC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) held a ceremony in Vientiane on 16 January to present grant aids to the Women’s Union of the Ministry of National Defence, who will then deliver them to the military officers who are working in the rural and remote areas.

Mrs. Khampao Ernthavanh, President of Women Union of MOFA, presented the grant aids to Dr. Venkeo Outhavong, President of Women Union of Ministry of National Defence. Mrs. Naly Sisoulith, spouse of Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith and honorable President of the Women’s Union of MOFA, was invited to witness the presentation of the said grant aids.

The grant aids included 3 million kip consumer goods and 5 million of cash. The grant aids is a contribution from the women of the MOFA and External Relation Commission of the Party CC.

On this occasion, the Women’s Union of MOFA also conveyed their best wishes and warm greetings to all women, soldiers and military during the 64th Anniversary Founding of the Lao People’s Army.

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Lao govt. awards individuals and organizations for their anti-measles and rubella vaccination efforts

January 17, 2013

Outstanding officials who contributed to the national vaccination campaign being awarded Certificates of Congratulations and medals.

Outstanding officials who contributed to the national vaccination campaign being awarded Certificates of Congratulations and medals.

The government of the Lao PDR has awarded Labour Victorious Medals, Labour Cross Medals and Certificates of Congratulations to over 3,800 organisations, 7,600 individuals, and 10 donors in recognition of their contribution to implementing the anti-measles and rubella vaccination campaign.

Last year, 97 per cent of target groups (approximately 2.2 million people), aged between nine months and 19 years of age, was vaccinated with anti-measles and rubella vaccines, higher than an initially set target.

The awards were presented to the awardees on Jan 17 at the Government Office by its Minister Mrs. Khempheng Pholsena, who is Chairwoman of the National Commission on Mothers and Children.

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Local business groups benefit from supplying Sepon mine, contributes in poverty reduction

January 16, 2013

Ms. Laikham Keomany, a member of the vegetable group from Namkhip village, tends to the vegetables in her greenhouse in Vilabouly District, Savannakhet province.

Ms. Laikham Keomany, a member of the vegetable group from Namkhip village, tends to the vegetables in her greenhouse in Vilabouly District, Savannakhet province.

MMG LXML Sepon continues to make significant contributions to the achievement of poverty reduction targets. One example is that business groups in Vilabouly district, Savannakhet province – where the mine is based – generated more than US$1.7 million in revenue from goods and services supplied to the mine in 2012, according to its press release today.

When the Sepon mine started production in 2003, it helped local people to set up small business groups which could supply goods such as food items and uniforms – and services, such as cleaning and laundry. This was done to ensure that business opportunities created by the mine could directly benefit local communities.

Last year, 17 different business groups supplied the mine; more than 200 people from Vilabouly now earn their living from the groups.

“When a business group is first set up, we provide the members with technical and business management training. As their businesses grow, we help them with product improvement, business innovation and market expansion,” said Ms Niddavone Douangphonexay, Superintendent Business Support for the mine.

“For example, during 2012 we took the members of the vegetable group to see modern agricultural enterprises in Champasack province, to learn about the best practices and product improvement,” she said.

“Now the vegetable group has 12 greenhouses and is doing very well,” Ms Niddavone said. The greenhouses enable better vegetable production during the rainy season.

MMG LXML Sepon

Aside from increasing the income generated by the business groups, business development training also provides local people with skills that they can continue to use after the mine eventually closes.

The combined total income of local business groups since 2003 is more than US$13 million. The mine will continue to place priority on supporting the business groups and other local suppliers.

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PCC Cabinet Head urges more attention to organizational structure improvement of Prosecutors Offices

By Phommouny
January 8, 2013

Mr. Bounphone Bouttavong

Party Central Committee and Head of Party Central Committee Cabinet Bounpone Bouttavong has urged the management of the People’s Supreme Courts at both central and provincial levels to pay greater attention to improving the organizational structures of regional, provincial and central (Vientiane Capital) People’s Prosecutors Offices .

Addressing a review nationwide meeting of the People’s Supreme Court on 8 January 2013, Head of the Party Centre Committee Cabinet urged the gathering that the implementation of prosecutors must be in a stringent manner, reducing malpractices and law violation among the party members, civil servants and general public members.

He also urged the management of the People’s Supreme Courts to focus on addressing problems regarding personnel management, saying the matter was a decisive issue of the prosecution affairs.

“In general, the staff structure of the prosecutors system comprises mainly of young staff who are yet to be experienced and have a limited knowledge of party policy and state laws,” said Mr. Bounpone.

“I am very pleased to learn that, over the past one year, the management of the People’s Supreme Court has paid attention to translating into reality the resolutions of the 9th party congress and the 3rd party cell congress of the People’s Supreme Court, as well as the decentralisation policy of the party, also known as Sam Sang policy, and the public education of laws for people of all ethnics,” said Mr. Bounpone.

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Lao government clarifies to the UN on the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone

January 4, 2013

Mr. Sombath Somphone

Mr. Sombath Somphone

Today, 4 January 2013, H.E. Yong Chanthalangsy, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Lao PDR to the UN in Geneva, has sent a letter clarifying the issue of the disappearance of Mr Sombath Somphone in response to the queries raised by the UN Special Procedures. The content of the letter is as follows:

As a Member of the United Nations, the Lao PDR has always cooperated with the international community, particularly in the promotion and protection of human rights, which is reflected in the country’s implementation of its international obligations and commitments on human rights with achievements being progressively made. The Lao PDR is a state party to seven core UN Human Rights Conventions and two Optional Protocols. In addition, the Lao PDR is also a signatory to the Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Being the 4th nation in Asia to sign this important Convention the Lao PDR is currently in the progress of preparations for its ratification. In the implementation of its human rights obligations and commitments the Lao PDR has the Constitution and laws which are in conformity with the treaties to which the Lao PDR is party. Furthermore the Lao PDR has adopted the Legal Sector Master Plan on the Rule of Law by 2020 in order to create enabling conditions for the Lao people to fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Lao government is deeply concerned about the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone and attaches importance to the investigations underway in order to find out the truth of this incident. According to the information from the authorities concerned which was based on the CCTV footage, on the day of the incident, the traffic police were conducting their routine random checks on cars at the police outpost on Thadeua road in the vicinity of Watnak village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane Capital. At 6.00 pm the traffic police stopped Mr. Sombath’s jeep in order to check his driving licence and car documents as normal procedures. Being stopped, Mr. Sombath walked out from his car to present his documents to the police. Contrary to the information the UN special procedures received, Mr. Sombath was not taken by the police to the police outpost. After the police checked the documents they returned them to Mr. Sombath and continued their duty of checking other vehicles.

Then, a man came on a motorbike, parked it on the road side near Mr. Sombath’s jeep and moved quickly in the police outpost direction. Later, the same person walked to Mr. Sombath’s car and drove it away slowly.

About 10 minutes later, a pickup truck came with hazard lights flashing and stopped near the police outpost. One man entered the pickup truck and shortly after that another person got on, then got off and then entered the pickup truck again as the vehicle was driving away to an unknown destination.

From the CCTV footage it cannot be confirmed that it was Mr. Sombath who entered the pickup truck. The two persons who got into the truck were not forced to do so. This fact is different from the information the UN special procedures received which alleged that Mr. Sombath was forced to get into the pickup truck.

Following the preliminary assessment of the incident from the CCTV footage, the authorities concerned viewed that, it may be possible Mr. Sombath has been kidnapped perhaps because of a personal conflict or a conflict in business or some other reasons and at this stage the authorities are not in a position to say exactly what has actually happened, why Mr. Sombath has gone missing and who might have been involved in the incident.

On this incident, the concerned authority as the law protection agency that protects and maintains social order has the legal duty to fine out the truth in order to bring perpetrators to justice and ensure justice to Mr. Sombath and his family according to the law.

Based on their legal duty, the concerned authority is accelerating the investigations, collecting evidence in order to reach a conclusion of the incident.

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Locals agree to surrender self properties for collective benefits

December 30, 2012

Road construction efforts in Laos.

Road construction efforts in Laos.

Villagers of Phonsavang, Noy, and Napho Tai in Phonhong district, and Mai Nongkhouay and Pakcheng of Viengkham district, Vientiane province, who are directly affected by the construction of a reinforced concrete road, have agreed to surrender their properties for collective benefits.

The 12-km road will be upgraded as a four-lane road with a 16 m surface with streetlights installed on its two sides. The road stretches from Napho T-junction to Pakcheng T-junction.

More than 1,140 properties of local residents located on both sides of the road have been listed to be removed before the construction kicks off. These include 35 houses, 26 huts, 65 shop houses, walls, rice barns, wells, electric poles and residential lands.

The compensation for the lost property has been estimated at around 4.3 billion kip (approx. USD 537,000). However, Vice Governor of Vientiane province Ms. Singkham Khongsavanh said her authorities would settle the compensation for the properties of local people in a reasonable manner.

“The government will issue new land deeds to everyone who is affected from the development project for free,” added Ms. Singkham.

A villager of Phonsavanh Mr. Khonsavanh Khongpadith, whose house will be fully replaced with the new concrete road, said that he agreed to have the infrastructure development project conducted and was ready to move to another place with such a reasonable compensation from the project.

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Lao Party members handed red ID cards

By Vinnaly
December 28, 2012

Mr. Bounpone Bouttanavong (right) presenting ID cards to Party members in Vientiane yesterday.

Mr. Bounpone Bouttanavong (right) presenting ID cards to Party members in Vientiane yesterday.

The Lao Party Central Office presented red ID cards to 68 Party Central Committee (PCC) members who have been recognized as outstanding members on Dec 27.

Politburo member, Secretariat of PCC and Head of Lao Party Central Office, Mr. Bounpone Bouttanavong said the presentation of red cards to PCC members was to make Party Committee, Party Committee Unit and all members understand and comprehend the important meaning of issuance of cards and aware of the self-education to become outstanding Party members.

He continued that the recipient of Party member cards today was a person who has conformed to requirements set by the statute of the Party and this card would be the Party ID card, which aims to encourage all Party members to conform with regulations of the Party.

“The publishing of cards for Party members is aimed at raising the role and capacity of Party leadership, power holding of the Party and also reflection of social strata of Party, ideology and strong actions of the Party,” he said, adding that the cards will be further handed over to Party members at all levels.

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