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Female students denied the right to take final exams because of their "Christian faith"
In Saisomboon, the village chief barred three girls, aged 14 and 15, from taking their final exams. Because of their faith, they "forfeited their right to education". School authorities are now investigating the matter. In a second incident, in a nearby village, police breaks up a prayer service (without a warrant) and seizes 53 Bibles.
Censorship, abductions and abuses: Laos is Southeast Asia's "most repressive" regime
Activists slam Laos for having a "very dictatorial, rights-repressing government" in terms of civil rights and individual liberties. Sombath Somphone's disappearance is warning to all activists and opponents of the regime. A Lao citizen confirms that no one can talk about politics or criticise the ruling Communist Party. Even religion is under tight state control.
Streets are closed and radios only whisper . . . it must be exam time in China
A four-day exam marathon begins today in China that will decide the fate of eight million students. In some places, traffic has been stopped; in others, students take oxygen supplements to manage stress.
The Hmong ask the UN to stop their extermination
Aligned against the communists during the civil war, and allied with the Americans during the Vietnam war, they are decrying their poverty and attacks on the part of the country's army.
31/01/2007 THAILAND - LAOS
Thailand stops forced repatriation of 153 Hmong
Refugees were supposed to go back to Laos, but 50 threatened suicide. Thai premier suspends forced repatriation when some Western countries accept to take them in.
07/07/2005 THAILAND - LAOS
Forced repatriation of 6,000 Laotian Hmong refugees
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