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.
The Wall Street Journal: 08 January 2013 The disappearance of a community leader threatens Vientiane’s recent progress. By Murray Hiebert The year 2012 marked a coming of age for tiny landlocked Laos. In July Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state since the 1950s to visit the country. The World Trade Organization formally... continue reading.
A report on this meeting has now been published by the Bangkok Post, which can be read here: Activists slam Asean’s lack of commitment to human rights... continue reading.
Laos pressed on activist disappearance Financial Times, 06 Jan 2012 The UN and some western governments are preparing to put fresh questions to the Lao government over the mysterious disappearance in mid-December of a prominent education and health campaigner, after Vientiane late last week rejected suggestions by the UN of state involvement in the case.... continue reading.
More than 1,700 people have signed the Avaaz petition and nearly 500 have ‘liked’ the Facebook page dedicated to finding Sombath. Please visit our Get Involved page for these links and other ideas about what you can do to help. If you want to suggest other ways we can support the safe return of Sombath... continue reading.
The pictures on this site can be used by anybody who is concerned about Sombath’s disappearance and who wants to publicise the work he has been doing for his country. Please share these images as widely as possible.... continue reading.