BBC reports US concern

Sombath Somphone: US concern over missing Laos campaigner BBC, 17 January 2013 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Laos to investigate the disappearance of a well-known social activist who went missing last month. Security camera footage shows Sombath Somphone being taken away by unidentified men after he was stopped by police in the

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Lao Govt response to ASEAN delegation

Lao authorities continue to investigate Mr Sombath Somphone’s disappearance Vientiane Times, 17 January 2013 Parliamentarians from the three Asean nations of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia visited Laos recently to meet with the relevant sectors on the issue relating to the disappearance of Mr Sombath Somphone last month. The delegation of parliamentarians was led by

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Statement by Hillary Clinton

Press Statement:  Disappearance of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC January 16, 2013 We are deeply concerned about the well-being of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who disappeared one month ago. Reports indicate that Mr. Sombath went missing on December 15, 2012 after being stopped at

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UK Financial Times: Laos under pressure

Laos under pressure to step up probe Financial Times: 16 January 2013 The Lao government is coming under increased international pressure to step up its promised investigation into the disappearance of a prominent local civic leader, as concerns increase about state involvement in the case. MPs from other Asean member countries said on Wednesday that

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Statement of ASEAN delegation

Statement of Rep. Walden Bello on the Preliminary findings of ASEAN Parliamentary Delegation to the Lao PDR on the disappearance of Sombath Somphone We are members of a delegation of ASEAN parliamentarians that visited the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic to investigate the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, the prominent Lao leader of civil society from January

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An Open Letter to Sombath’s Well-­Wishers

From Ng Shui Meng, wife of Sombath Somphone Since Sombath disappearance on the evening of 15 December 2012, my family and I have been touched by the great love, concern and support shown by friends, colleagues, international and regional agencies, civil society groups, government spokespersons, and the media who have joined hands to urge the

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The latest article fom New York Times

With Laos Disappearance, Signs of a Liberalization in Backslide New York Times: 10 January 2013 VIENTIANE, LAOS — He was last seen driving home in his old, rusty jeep. And then he vanished. The disappearance nearly one month ago of Sombath Somphone, a U.S.-trained agriculture specialist who led one of the most successful nonprofit organizations

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