AEPF: 06 July 2016 11th Asia- Europe People’s Forum – AEPF11 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 6th July 2016 We, over 750 participants, representing social movements, people’s organisations and citizens from 42 countries across Asia and Europe joined together from the 4th to 6th July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia at the 11th Asia Europe People’s Forum under the... continue reading.
On the occasion of the eleventh Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, we are reminded of the ninth AEPF held in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao PDR, in 2012. As the first international civil society forum held in the country, and building on widespread public consultations in every province, AEPF9 was hailed as... continue reading.
Radio Free Asia: 07 July 2016 Sombath Somphone’s shadow continues to hang over Laos, with the rural development expert’s disappearance in 2012 still haunting the country as it prepares to host the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Sombath’s abduction remains unsolved even though there is video footage of Sombath’s Jeep being... continue reading.
Interaksyon: 05 July 2016 ULAAN BAATAR – Sombath Somphone, the missing development worker who won the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, has been a focal point of the 11th Asia-Europe People’s Forum here. The estimated 500 participants from the two continents and the host country Mongolia were asked by Somphone’s wife Shui Meng Ng to... continue reading.
Remarks by Ng Shui-Meng, read at the opening of the Asian-Europe People’s forum in Ulaanbataar: Greetings to all participants gathered together at this 11th AEPF in Ulaan Baatar. Once more representatives from civil society groups across Asia and Europe are gathered together for another Asia-Europe People’s Forum. Two years ago I was in Milan at... continue reading.
As Laos celebrates its traditional new year, a few points to ponder: While the Lao government claims it is continuing to investigate Sombath’s disappearance, no results have been released in nearly three years. But is anybody still asking? Within days of his disappearance, Sombath’s family filed an appeal with the Supreme People’s Prosecutor. Authorities later claimed the... continue reading.
Asia Europe People’s Forum: 15 December 2015 Lao People’s Democratic Republic – Sombath Somphone’s enforced disappearance and demands for his safe return The Asia Europe People’s Forum International Organizing Committee remains deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of Mr. Sombath Somphone. It is now three years today since his enforced disappearance. Sombath is one... continue reading.
A pre-session for the Universal Periodic Review of the Lao PDR (scheduled for January, 2015) was held on 03 December in Geneva. While many international human rights organisations did not attend the session, a briefing paper summarising UPR submissions from some groups was compiled. The summary includes the following recommendations: Immediately undertake a prompt, thorough... continue reading.
119 participants at the 10th Asia-Europe People’s forum signed a petition to the ASEM heads of states and government: Enforced disappearance is never an internal matter in any country. It is a contravention of international law and widely held to be a crime against humanity. Sombath’s family and friends and the people of Laos have... continue reading.
Transnational Institute: 16 October 2014 Hilde van der Pas One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations. More than 400 people, representing social movements, organisations and citizens... continue reading.