VOA: 18 May 2017 Human rights groups have condemned harsh prison sentences and called for the release of three Lao migrant workers who posted critical comments on social media and joined a protest outside the Lao Embassy in Thailand. The workers, Somphone Phimmasone, 30, Soukan Chaithad, 33, and Ms Lodkham Thammavong, were sentenced in early April... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
Voice of America: 21 December 2016 The wife of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone is calling for judicial reforms in Laos and for the government clarify the fate of her husband, saying she will “never give up” in seeking the truth behind his disappearance. Shui-Meng Ng, made the appeal as rights activists marked the fourth... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
Thomson Reuters Foundation: 20 December 2016 By Alisa Tang BANGKOK, Dec 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The wives of three prominent Southeast Asian human rights campaigners who went missing after being detained by the authorities have united to urge Laos and Thailand to end impunity over forced disappearances. All three women have become vocal critics... continue reading.
Benar News: 19 December 2016 The wives of three men who disappeared under mysterious circumstances years ago – including a Thai lawyer who has been missing since March 2004 – appeared Monday before reporters in Bangkok to discuss their ongoing ordeals. Angkhana Neelapaijit, the wife of lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, joined Shui-Meng Ng and Pinnapa Preuksapan,... continue reading.
Libération: 15 Décembre 2016 Anne-Sophie Gindroz, ancienne directrice de Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation au Laos Fondateur d’une ONG de soutien aux paysans, le leader communautaire Sombath Somphone est porté disparu depuis quatre ans. Les autorités du Laos sont pointées du doigt pour leur autoritarisme et leur politique répressive. Il y a quatre ans, le leader communautaire Sombath Somphone... continue reading.
SE Asia Globe: 15 December 2016 On 15 December 2012, Laos activist Sombath Somphone was abducted in Vientiane. Four years later, his family and human rights groups are still searching for answers. Today marks four years since the forced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, an internationally recognised Laos civil society leader who spent three decades advocating... continue reading.
Washington Post: 15 December 2016 By Dake Kang | AP BANGKOK — Ng Shui Meng hasn’t given up hope. Thursday was the fourth anniversary of the day her husband, Laotian community organizer Sombath Somphone, vanished at a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Vientiane, the capital — a suspicious disappearance reflecting the repressive tactics of the country’s Communist... continue reading.
Radio Free Asia: 15 December 2016 The disappearance of Sombath Somphone remains one of the most enduring and heartbreaking mysteries of modern Laos as the abduction of the world-recognized rural development activist at a police checkpoint four years ago remains unsolved. “As the fourth anniversary of Sombath’s disappearance approaches, my heart becomes heavier by the... continue reading.