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... continue reading.
International Commission of Jurists: 17 January 2013 The ICJ calls on the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to take an active role in determining the fate and whereabouts of Sombath Somphone, a community leader in Laos. The ICJ also calls on the AICHR to fulfill its mandate under Article 4, paragraph 1.11 of... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
Anand urges Vientiane to find missing activist The Nation , January 11, 2013 Former Thai prime minister Anand Panyarachun has appealed to the Lao government to do more to locate the missing activist Sombath Somphone, who disappeared in Vientiane nearly a month ago. Anand, who attended the launch of a film at the Bangkok Arts... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
The video of Sulak Sivaraksa talking about the disappearance of his friend Sombath Somphone is now available with Lao subtitles. Please share this with all your Lao friends.... continue reading.