People in Vientiane, Laos. Editorial credit: StreetVJ / Shutterstock.com

Laos

Laos is a one-party state in which the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) dominates all aspects of politics and harshly restricts civil liberties. There is no organized opposition and no truly independent civil society. News coverage of the country is limited by the remoteness of some areas, repression of domestic media, and the opaque nature of the regime. Economic development has led to a rising tide of disputes over land and environmental issues. In recent years, a wide-ranging anticorruption campaign has had some positive impact.

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Freedom in the World — Laos Country Report

Laos is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.