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... continue reading.
2016 PADETC Fair Thursday, 15th December 2016 PADETC Office, Vientiane, Lao PDR 15 December 2016 marks the fourth year of the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, Founder of PADETC. To commemorate Ajarn Sombath Somphone, PADETC will organize its Annual Fair under the title ‘Sombath Somphone – Son of the Soil’.... continue reading.
Press conference held at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand on 31 August, 2016, Bangkok Panelists included (click on link for their presentation): Shui Meng Ng, Spouse of Sombath Somphone Walden Bello, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights Laurent Meillan, Acting Regional Representative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights With moderation by Phil Robertson, Deputy Director... continue reading.
Press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand 11am, Wednesday 31 August, 2016, Bangkok At a time when ASEAN is witnessing an alarming increase in human rights abuses, restrictions on civil liberties, and a shrinking of democratic space in a number of its member states, what kind of example does this year’s ASEAN Chair, Laos,... continue reading.
“Humanity & Nature,” a workshop on traditional and alternative perspectives about humanity’s relationship with the environment was held on August 4th at the ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) in Dili, Timor Leste. Topics discussed included Sombath’s work and philosophy, holistic education, gross national happiness, traditional wisdom, and agro-ecology. A video from an earlier workshop on these issues... continue reading.
Lao civil society representatives made it clear that Sombath’s name, among other issues, would not be welcome at a ACSC/APF event held in Laos. For this and other reasons, the event was moved to Timor-Leste. “Humanity and Nature” will be held from 16:15-18:15 PM on August 4th in room two of the Alola Foundation. Speakers... 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.
This presentation was part of the Sombath Symposium on “Humanity and Nature: Traditional, Cultural and Alternative Perspectives”, the objective of which was to present and discuss knowledge and practice drawn from different cultures and traditions that can serve as an alternative foundation to the predominant growth-driven development model.... continue reading.
Oslo Freedom Forum: 24 May 2016 .... continue reading.
The Lao Movement for Human Rights has the honor of inviting you to a conference on: ”Is International assistance complicit in the repression in Laos?” Tuesday, June 14 at 15:00 Regional Council of Ile-de-France, room 100 33 rue Barbet-de-Jouy, 75007 Paris Speakers: Anne-Sophie Gindroz, author of the book ”Laos: the Silent Repression” Richard Werly, France correspondent... continue reading.