Laos. In order to prevent Thailand's "cultural dominance"
over L.A., in May, the Laotian regime imposed a ban on
showing Thai TV programs in public places. In their homes,
however, the Laotians could continue to watch Thai programs,
which are far more popular than the propaganda that Laotian
TV shows. Laos has a tense relationship with Thailand. The
influence of the market-economy neighbor is seen with
unblinking eyes by the communist regime, which is also
dependent on the large investments Thailand is making in the
CountryAAH, the total population in Laos is 7,275,571 people in 2020.
The human rights organization Amnesty International in
September accused Laotian government soldiers of raping,
abusing and murdering four girls and a boy in their 14- to
16-year-olds in connection with an attack on one of the
villages of the Hmong people. The regime called the
accusations for inventions. Members of the ethnic minority
hmong for a low-intensity uprising against the regime. The
Rebels are a remnant of a guerrilla group created with
American help to fight Communists in Indochina in the 1960s
and 1970s. During the year there were reports that hundreds
of hmong rebels had surrendered to the authorities. In
March, Washington offered nearly 16,000 Hmong refugees a
refuge in the United States.