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World Day Against Death Penalty: EU Notes “de facto moratorium” in Laos

World Day against the Death Penalty

The European Union has restated a commitment to work with all countries including Laos to encourage moves toward achieving a global abolition of the death penalty, a government-sanctioned practice whereby a person is killed by the state as a punishment for a crime.

In a statement on October 10 to …

Xaysana’s Second Life Sentence, Cooperation With Police Avoids Capital Punishment

Arresting Xaysana

Millions of pills smuggled across borders have resulted in a court in Bangkok delivering a second life sentence Wednesday to Lao citizen and convicted drug criminal Xaysana Keophimpha.

Bangkok’s Criminal Court originally handed Xaysana Keophimpha a death sentence for smuggling 1 million methamphetamine pills from Laos to southern Thailand and …

WildAid and Bluegrass Help Spread Message About the Ivory Trade in Laos

wildaid yao ming ivory laos

Conservation organization WildAid and Lao design firm Bluegrass Design have teamed up to spread the word about the ivory trade in Laos.

Billboards have been placead at Vientiane’s Wattay Airport with WildAid Ambassador and former NBA star Yao Ming at the forefront, urging travelers to say no to the ivory …

Smuggled Pangolins from Laos Seized in Mekong River

Laos pangolins rescued Thailand

Thai authorities have rescued 40 live pangolins that were being smuggled in a boat from Laos to Thailand.

The pangolins were found in sacks aboard the vessel that had crossed the Mekong River. The animals are said to have been bound for restaurants and traditional medicine shops in Chiang Rai, and …