Amnesty International Report 2016/17: Laos

Amnesty International: February 2017 The rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly remained severely restricted. State control of media and civil society was tightened as Laos hosted international meetings. Repression of human rights defenders continued. Two prisoners of conscience were released in March after being held for almost 17 years. There was no

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EU must demand release ofdissidents, resolution of enforced disappearances

FIDH: 13 February 2017 The European Union (EU) must demand the Lao government release all political prisoners and make real progress towards solving all cases of enforced disappearances, FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today. FIDH and LMHR made the call ahead of the 7th EU-Laos human rights dialogue, which is scheduled

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Sombath’s response on receiving the Magsaysay Award

Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation: Manila, 31 August 2005 The honorable Chief Justice Hilario Davide, trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, distinguished guests, fellow awardees, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. It is a great honor for me today to be here receiving the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, and I would like to sincerely thank

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Missing activists’ wives call for justice

Bangkok Post: 20 December 2016 Human rights activists whose husbands are still missing years after they mysteriously vanished have urged the government to pass a law on preventing enforced disappearances, to address human rights violations. Prominent human rights campaigner Angkhana Neelapaijit urged Thai authorities to enact the Torture and Enforced Disappearance Prevention and Suppression bill as

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NGOs urge search for Lao activist Sombath Somphone

Bangkok Post: 15 December 2015 Human rights groups have renewed calls for a full investigation into the disappearance of a well-known community organiser four years ago at a police checkpoint in Vientiane. More than 130 rights organisations from around the world issued a statement on Thursday calling on the Lao government to provide information about

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The Tragedy of Enforced Disappearances

Sombath Somphone and the Tragedy of Enforced Disappearances: A Press Conference and Interactive Dialogue was held at the FCCT in Bangkok, Thailand on 19 December 2016. Panelists included: Pinnipa Preuksapan, wife of Pholachi “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, ethnic Karen land and rights activist Angkhana Neelapaijit, Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, and wife of activist lawyer

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