"My husband is not a dissident"

The wife of Sombath Somphone was interviewed on Australian radio today, emphasizing that her husband  is a development worker who is interested in helping his country, and that he has always worked closely with the government. Prominent Lao activist still missing ABC Radio, 04 January 2013 This weekend marks three weeks since the disappearance of

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Lao Government statement

Govt clarifies disappearance of Mr Sombath Somphone ລັດຖະບານຊີ້ແຈງກ່ຽວກັບກໍລະນີການຫາຍຕົວໄປຂອງທ່ານ ສົມບັດ ສົມພອນ  Vientiane Times, 04 January 2013 The Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Lao PDR to the UN in Geneva, Yong Chanthalangsy, on Thursday sent a letter clarifying the issue of the disappearance of Mr Sombath Somphone in response to the queries raised by the UN Special

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Sulak Sivaraksa talks about Sombath Somphone

Sulak Sivaraksa, a leading figure in the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, talks about the disappearance of his friend Sombath Somphone, during a panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondence Club of Thailand, 21 Dec 2012. ວິດີໂອທີ່ມີພາສາລລາວແມ່ນທີ່ນີ້: This longer video is also worth watching, with key points from the discussion at FCCT. Speakers include Sulak Sivaraksa,

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An appeal from Sombath’s niece

To anyone, My uncle, Mr. Sombath Somphone, has been missing since December 15th 2012 in Vientiane, Laos. Till now, our family still haven’t got any news about where he is, who has him, why he was taken (kidnapped?), how can we get him back. So depressed and so stressful for our family and all the

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Global media coverage

Newspapers, media and websites across the globe have reported on the disappearance of Sombath Somphone. Links to a selection of articles can be found  here, or click ‘News’ in the menu above. The Bangkok Post provided a good summary of the situation in an article on 24th December. Here is an extract: The news was

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Statements of concern from around the world

The disappearance of Sombath Somphone was immediately followed by statements of concern from around the world.  The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Parliamentarians from Asia and Europe, the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, International NGOs – and many others – have urged the Lao Government to undertake all actions necessary to ensure the

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Where is Sombath?

Sombath Somphone is a friend, colleague and visionary who has spent his life working for his people and country. He was last seen on the evening 15 December 2012, while driving home in his jeep. CCTV footage shows Sombath being stopped by police and then taken away. While authorities continue to deny responsibility, Sombath’s abduction

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