Hello, I'm a Swedish citizen having a Lao girlfriend and daughter. Now, we are planing for our future togheter. But have many concerns. I have not been back to Laos from the time I meet my girlfriend. By that time, for many reasons we decided to live seperate life's. And I was not in Laos when our daughter was born. This mean, I do not have my name on my daughters birth certificate. I have been told by the Swedish embasssy, I will need to go to court in Laos to get an official court decision on my status of father to my daughter. As this will be needed somehow if I would like to apply for citizenship for my daugther. But actually more importent. I am very worried about the law forbidding foreigner to have relationship with Lao citizen. I'm quite afraid of going there for this reason. From what I have read, you can be fined for this. But even jailed and deported! As I have a daughter. How serious is this? Me and my girlfriend are not married. Even if I do not cross the line this time, do not spend nights with my girlfriend or anything sexual. Can the police arrest me for having a daughter? Thank you for sharing your experience.
Because they're tired of voting for the same party for the last 50 years? A party that lives in the past when it was and is still OK to jail the opposition. If they're that good, why do they actually need to sue and jail their critics?
It is not outrageous at all, it is the law. It is not a law I agree with, for the reasons Morlar mentioned, but it is the law. And well,quite a few foreigners in Thailand think the Thai law does not apply to them. It does.
I'm not sure it can be described as outrageous. Legal trickery by foreigners attempting to outsmart Thai law in order to 'own' property or land might arguably be interpreted as outrageous by Thai people (even though it's a mix of Thai and foreign developers taking advantage of the general naïveté of foreigners). Don't get me wrong, I sure don't like the lack of reciprocity. My Thai family could legally own land and property in my country, even before they became British Citizens. Yet, I can't own land or property in Thailand and my path to Thai Citizenship is sure much longer than their's to British Citizenship. Hardly equitable. . . but outrageous? Certainly not, just naive investors believing they could beat the law.