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May 24, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for sex with a child (defined as younger than 15 years) is one to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 to three million kip ($62 to $370)" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The age of consensual sex is 15 years… The law does not include statutory rape as a crime distinct from sex with a child or rape of any person" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"Authorities did not treat child pornography differently from pornography in general, for which the penalty is three months to one year in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 200,000 kip ($6 to $24)" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is illegal, but there is no law against marital rape, and domestic violence often went unreported due to social stigma" (p. 16).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, and provides for penalties of three to five years’ imprisonment" (p. 15).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape cases tried in court generally resulted in convictions with sentences ranging from three years’ imprisonment to execution" (p. 15).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence often went unreported due to social stigma. Penalties for domestic violence, including battery, torture, and detention of persons against their will, may include both fines and imprisonment. The law grants exemption from penal liabilities in cases of physical violence without serious injury or physical damage" (p. 16).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law does not provide penalties for child prostitution, but the penalty for sex with a child (defined as younger than 15 years) is one to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 to three million kip ($62 to $370)" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Overall 17 percent of school-age girls, compared with 11 percent of school-age boys, never attended school" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage for boys and girls is 18 years, but the law allows marriage as young as 15 years with parental consent" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Regardless of where they are born, children acquire citizenship if both parents are citizens. Children born of one citizen parent acquire citizenship if born in the country or, when born outside the country’s territory, if one parent has a permanent in-country address" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"There were a number of undocumented migrants in the country, particularly from Vietnam and China" (p. 24).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Counseling and Protection Center for Women and Children in Vientiane operated a countrywide hotline for persons to report incidents of domestic violence and receive telephonic counseling" (p. 16).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Education is compulsory, free, and universal through fifth grade, but a shortage of teachers and the expectation children will help their parents with farming in rural areas prevented some children from attending school" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Approximately 35 percent of girls married before they reached 18 years, and 9 percent married before they were 15 years old" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"The law also prohibits the employment of pregnant women and new mothers in occupations deemed hazardous to women’s reproductive health. The law requires the transfer of women working in such jobs to less demanding positions, and they are entitled to maintain the same salary or wage" (p. 24).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law does not criminalize sexual harassment, but indecent sexual behavior toward another person is illegal and may be punished by six months to three years in prison. Victims rarely reported sexual harassment, and its frequency remained difficult to assess" (p. 16).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1, IRP-DATA-2

"The overwhelming majority of trafficking victims (60 percent) were girls between 12 and 18 years and most victims (35 percent) ended up in forced prostitution"(p. 22).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 16).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The government and NGOs hosted seminars to train tourism-sector employees, and many major international hotels in Vientiane and Luang Prabang displayed posters warning against child sex tourism" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1, GP-DATA-1

"Although 80 percent of the population lived in rural areas where the village chief and council handled most routine matters, fewer than 3 percent of village chiefs were women" (p. 14).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, and provides for penalties of three to five years’ imprisonment. Sentences are significantly longer and may include capital punishment if the victim is younger than 18 years or is seriously injured or killed" (p. 15).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Penalties for trafficking in persons, which includes forced labor, consist of imprisonment, fines, and the confiscation of assets. Such penalties were sufficiently stringent to deter violations" (p. 22).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, East Timor, Egypt, Eritrea, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Lesotho, Macedonia, Maldives, Mali, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Taiwan, Ukraine
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-LAW-3

A woman's testimony carries the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's (104).
April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

Female and male surviving spouses have equal inheritance rights in Laos (104).
April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

Discrimination based on marital status is not prohibited in access to credit in Laos (104).
April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

A woman in Laos can legally choose where she lives in the same way as a man (104).
April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: IIP-LAW-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

There is no legislation on sexual harassment in education in Laos (104).
April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Laos can legally travel outside the country and her own home in the same way as a man (104).