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.
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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... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
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,... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
Update 14th Jan… more than 2,500 have now signed! Let’s reach 5,000. You can add your name here. Please share this link with your friends and colleagues.... continue reading.