Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association is visiting Cambodia. Will he be welcomed in Laos?... continue reading.
Above is a word cloud generated from the Vientiane Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation from the 2015 High Level Roundtable Meeting. Where are the people? The term only appears three times in the document itself, and those are within the Lao PDR’s name. Other terms such as rights, empowerment, participation, rural, ethnic minority,... continue reading.
The police have a new post where Sombath was taken. When can we expect a new (and authentic) investigation into his disappearance?... 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.
At the 2nd Regional Consultation Meeting for the ACSC/APF held in Vientiane on 10-11 May, Dr. Maydom Chanthanasinh, Chair of Lao CSOs, said that lack of finances was the main reason the Asean People’s Forum will not be held in Laos this year. However, it was earlier reported the decision not to hold the event in Laos... continue reading.
As Laos celebrates its traditional new year, a few points to ponder: While the Lao government claims it is continuing to investigate Sombath’s disappearance, no results have been released in nearly three years. But is anybody still asking? Within days of his disappearance, Sombath’s family filed an appeal with the Supreme People’s Prosecutor. Authorities later claimed the... continue reading.
The Vientiane Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, which will be signed at the High Level Round Table Meeting, departs sharply from the spirit and assurances made during the recent Universal Periodic Review. A few observations include: The document makes no mention of human rights, civil rights or any kind of rights. Civil society, NPAs and INGOs are... continue reading.
When a crime is committed, we often go to the authorities for help. But where can we go if the authorities committed the crime? ເມື່ອເກີດມີອາຊະຍາກຳ, ສ່ວນຫຼາຍ ເຮົາຈະໄປຫາເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ເພື່ອຂໍຄວາມຊ່ວຍເຫຼືອ. ແຕ່ເມື່ອເຈົ້າ ໜ້າທີ່ ເປັນຜູ້ກໍ່ອາຊະຍາກຳເອງ, ເຮົາຈະໄປຫາໃຜ?... continue reading.
ACSC/APF forums held each year are vibrant examples of diverse ASEAN civil society groups and individuals bringing their voice and concerns to the region’s leaders and lawmakers. In 2014, the gathering was held in Yangon, Myanmar, with some 3000 participants. Three plenaries and 35 panels included nearly 200 speakers. Only one of these was from... continue reading.
Since Sombath Somphone’s abduction on December 15, 2012, many inferences have been made, both in public and in private, about why he was taken. Just days after he disappeared, government officials speculated it may have been due to a personal or business conflict. Variations on this theory have been repeated many times, both by diplomats... continue reading.