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 country.
According to 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.
Tropical monsoon climate. Rainy season from May to October with high temperatures and high humidity. Average annual rainfall 2000 mm. High rainfall on the windward sides of the mountains. Temperatures of up to 40ºC can occur in the Mekong lowlands. During the rainy season from May to September, the climate is characterized by the southwest monsoon. Then an average rainfall of 2,000mm falls. The average temperatures in summer (March to May) are around 35 ° C, those in winter (November to February) around 10 ° C. Due to the structure of the country (mountains, valleys), these temperatures and rainfall vary greatly in the regions.