Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 143. Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law among the Civilian Population
In 2009, in its second periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) stated:
I. General implementing measures
23. In addition to what was stated in the first report (paras. 39 to 42), with the assistance of the Australian Government, the Finnish Government, the European Commission and UNDP [United Nation Development Programme], the Department of Treaties and Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had translated into the Lao language a number of international instruments concerning human rights to which the Lao PDR is a signatory. These included: … the  Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity … the  Convention on the Rights of the Child, … The above texts have been reproduced in two handbooks and distributed to State employees and the public to familiarize them with their rights and duties.
VIII. Special protection measures (arts. … 38 and 39 [of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child], …)
2. Children in armed conflict (art. 38), including physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration (art. 39)
121. The Lao PDR is a signatory to the four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, as well as the Additional Protocols to the Conventions and has, in practice, always complied with the provisions of those instruments, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Protocol I relating to the Protection of Victims of International Conflicts and Protocol II relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Conflicts. … In addition, with the help of the ICRC, the Lao Red Cross has had the four  Geneva Conventions and the two  Additional Protocols translated into Lao and published, so that they can be distributed, for study purposes, to the various State organizations and the wider public.