East Asian Studies Documents: Constitution of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, 1948"Article 15. The state protects the right to ownership (rights to governing, rights to using to transferring) and the rights to inherit property of organisations and individuals. As for the land which is under the ownership of the national community, the state ensures the rights to using, transferring, and inheriting it in accordance with the law." - Laos is a Socialist/Communist country. This is taken from their constitution, which is fascinating. I hear that the Laos Communist Party is pretty draconian, but they opened up the country for tourism a few years ago. It is interesting that the above Article 15 protects different kinds of property ownership; the land stuff is interesting as well.