Vanished, shot, murdered: Laos activists spooked by spate of incidents

Laotian activists are facing alarming incidents including murder, attempted killing, and disappearances, fueling fears of a governmental crackdown. This wave of incidents has heightened concern within the country’s repressed dissident community. Laos, already recognized as one of the world’s most repressive states, is set to chair ASEAN next year. Critics suggest these incidents could be an effort to stifle dissent ahead of the international spotlight, demonstrating the limits of dissent in this tightly controlled state.

Decade on, wife of missing Laos activist says no closer to finding answers

BANGKOK, THAILAND — The wife of a missing Laos activist said Tuesday…