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Prime Ministerial Decree on Ethnic Groups

The decree states that ethnic groups must be governed using principles that ensure unity and equality. In addition, all ethnic groups should be permitted to practise their special customs and traditions in accordance with the country’s constitution and laws. The decree bans all forms of discrimination against ethnic groups while calling for all ethnic groups to be provided with equal opportunities for development and participation in national protection and development. To build unity among ethnic groups, the government has specified 12 policies, including the expansion of infrastructure in rural areas. This is aimed at enabling ethnic communities in remote areas to more easily access state services and development opportunities.

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Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Issuing agency/parties
  • Prime Minister
  • Lao
Formal type of document Decree
Topics Ethnic minorities and indigenous people

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Status Signed and in effect
Adoption date/Enacted/Promulgation date/Signing date March 30, 2020
Effective/Enforced Date March 30, 2020
Publication reference Lao National Gazette
Links to source - see here for English language article on the new decree
Date uploaded June 24, 2020, 02:01 (UTC)
Date modified June 29, 2020, 09:01 (UTC)