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Laos: Villagers refuse relocation compensation offer by rock-blasting Chinese company, calling payout too low

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14 March 2020

Laos: Villagers refuse relocation compensation offer by rock-blasting Chinese company, calling payout too low

Author: Sidney Khotpanya & Richard Finney, Radio Free Asia

"Lao Villagers Told to Move Refuse Compensation, Calling Payout Too Low", 11 March 2020

Lao villagers told to relocate from an area used for rock-blasting by a Chinese company are refusing to move, saying the compensation they are being offered is much less than what was originally promised, sources say.

Ten families in the Naheung village of Vientiane province’s Hin Heup district were initially told they would be paid 250 million kip (U.S $28,237) each for moving away from the blast zone and a road used by the company to transport rocks, village sources say.

But the offered payout has now shrunk in the hands of local authorities to 80 million kip (U.S.$9,036)...adding that only one of the 10 families has accepted the lower amount so far.


RFA attempts to contact the Chinese Rock Grinding Company, which breaks up rock for use by construction firms and other business concerns, for comment...were unsuccessful.

Laos often comes under criticism for land grabs in which authorities seize land from people for development projects without paying them fair compensation for lost crops, property, and livelihoods.

Rights groups say the illegal appropriations violate basic human rights and that such land grabs are a major cause of social tensions in Laos and in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.

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Author: Sidney Khotpanya & Richard Finney, 亚洲自由电台




村民称,万象省Hin Heup地区Naheung村的十户家庭最初被告知,如果他们搬离爆破区和公司运输道路的邻近区域,每户会得到2.5亿基普(约合28237美元)的搬迁补偿。






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Author: Sidney Khotpanya & Richard Finney, 亞洲自由電台




村民稱,萬象省Hin Heup地區Naheung村的十戶家庭最初被告知,如果他們搬離爆破區和公司運輸道路的鄰近區域,每戶會得到2.5億基普(約合28237美元)的搬遷補償。






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