Religious freedom is questioned in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

UN Calling Asia - a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific

Asma Jahangir

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, also known as the land of a million elephants, is located in southeast Asia between Thailand and Vietnam, Myanmar and China. The richness of Lao culture can be found in its art, its architecture, its folk music and its temples. Religion is also important in the country. Lao PDR, or Laos as it is sometimes called, is predominantly Buddhist. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, recently went to the country to examine some issues of tolerance that have arisen.

Combating tiger poaching

Tiger and cub at rest

The world’s tiger population is on the decline for a number of reasons, including poaching. In late November and early December, a training course took place in Indonesia to educate law enforcement officials in the 16 countries where tigers still exist. John Sellar, Chief of Enforcement for CITES, explained to me why the Secretariat of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, was involved:


Climate change is affecting islands in the Pacific

Delegates at the Conference in Copenhagen

Pacific island nations are likely to be among the hardest hit if a legally binding agreement is not forged at the on-going Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Many Pacific islanders made impassioned pleas at the conference, including Ian Fry, the delegate of Tuvalu.

Producer: Gerry Adams.

Duration: 14’00″

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