Civil society, a ray of hope for genuine public engagement, was once burgeoning but now seldom wades into dangerous political waters.
Many commentators say the turning point came with the forced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, a prominent civil society actor, in 2012.
Asia Times: 28 March 2018
Premier Thongloun Sisoulith has promised as much via a new ‘three opens’ policy aimed partly to hedge nation’s rising reliance on China
Next month marks Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s second year in power, a role few Communist Party apparatchiks have grasped with so much aplomb.
The ex-foreign affairs minister has cut an almost progressive profile, at least by Lao standards, in his battles against corruption, pollution and Party extravagance. Now, it appears he wants to make the hermetic Lao People’s Revolutionary Party more transparent, too. Continue reading “Is hermetic Laos poised for more openness?”