Radio silence


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

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Laos: Premier Should Account for ‘Disappeared’ Activist

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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

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An open letter to the 2016 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)


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

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Disappearance Casts a Pall Over Laos as ASEAN Conference Looms


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

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Surface missing devt worker Sombath: Asia-Europe People’s Forum to Lao govt


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

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