The Economist: 23 July 2016 As Barack Obama prepares for his first visit to Laos, its civil society struggles A HIGHLIGHT of Ounkeo Souksavanh’s years as a radio host in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, came in late 2011 when he hosted an episode of Wao Kao (“News Talk”) on land disputes in the south of... continue reading.
AEPF: 06 July 2016 11th Asia- Europe People’s Forum – AEPF11 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 6th July 2016 We, over 750 participants, representing social movements, people’s organisations and citizens from 42 countries across Asia and Europe joined together from the 4th to 6th July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia at the 11th Asia Europe People’s Forum under the... continue reading.
Human Rights Watch: 14 July 2016 Disclosing Fate of Sombath Somphone Major Test for New Government (New York) – Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith should immediately disclose the fate of prominent activist Sombath Somphone, who has been forcibly disappeared in Vientiane since December 2012, Human Rights Watch said. Since taking office on April 20, 2016, Prime... continue reading.
On the occasion of the eleventh Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, we are reminded of the ninth AEPF held in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao PDR, in 2012. As the first international civil society forum held in the country, and building on widespread public consultations in every province, AEPF9 was hailed as... continue reading.
The Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summer School will run from July 10-24 in Bangkok, Thailand. Special guests and presenters include Sulak Sivaraksa, Walden Bello, Helena Norbert Hodge, Kartini Samon, and many more. More information can be found here.... continue reading.
The Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies is being held 8-10 July in Bangkok, Thailand. It has previously been held in Khon Kaen, Thailand, and three locations in the United States. Why has a conference on Lao studies never been held in Laos?... continue reading.
Radio Free Asia: 07 July 2016 Sombath Somphone’s shadow continues to hang over Laos, with the rural development expert’s disappearance in 2012 still haunting the country as it prepares to host the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Sombath’s abduction remains unsolved even though there is video footage of Sombath’s Jeep being... continue reading.
Interaksyon: 05 July 2016 ULAAN BAATAR – Sombath Somphone, the missing development worker who won the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, has been a focal point of the 11th Asia-Europe People’s Forum here. The estimated 500 participants from the two continents and the host country Mongolia were asked by Somphone’s wife Shui Meng Ng to... continue reading.
Remarks by Ng Shui-Meng, read at the opening of the Asian-Europe People’s forum in Ulaanbataar: Greetings to all participants gathered together at this 11th AEPF in Ulaan Baatar. Once more representatives from civil society groups across Asia and Europe are gathered together for another Asia-Europe People’s Forum. Two years ago I was in Milan at... continue reading.
Focus on the Global South: 30 June 2016 “Laos’ CSOs have lost face because of Sombath Somphone. We have lost the financial sources from donors because of him,” said Mr. Cher Her, vice chair of Laos’ ASCS/APF NOC. Chrek Sophea blogs on current issues confronting the ACSC/APF, reflecting on what have transpired in recent preparatory... continue reading.