TITLE

Trade Relations With The US

PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Jun2003, Vol. 14 Issue 6, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Country Report
DOC. TYPE
Country Report
ABSTRACT
The Lao People's Democratic Republic remains one of the few countries which does not have normal trade relations with the U.S., due largely to its poor human rights record as of June 2003.U.S. Laotians, alongside 30 other international rights groups, are worried that greater trade access and export revenues, will not encourage Laos' communist government to clean up its human rights record.A recent report by the U.S. State Department condemned the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party, saying that is tortured and abused its prisoners and restricted freedom of speech, press, assembly and association. The U.S. administration appears set to grant the Lao People's Democratic Republic normal trade relations status, allowing the country to enjoy significantly lower tariffs on its exports.
ACCESSION #
9881120

 

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