Laos: Human rights denied: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 35th Session of the UPR Working Group, January 2020
Human rights protection in the country has remained weak since the last review, both in law and practice. While the authorities have implemented several legal reforms, including a revision of the Penal Code, these reforms have yet to be translated into practice. The Lao government continues to heavily restrict the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and to practice arbitrary detention. In addition, incidents of torture continue to be reported. The Lao authorities have detained and prosecuted individuals who they consider have criticised the government, however peacefully. Impunity for enforced disappearances continues.