FIDH: 13 February 2017 The European Union (EU) must demand the Lao government release all political prisoners and make real progress towards solving all cases of enforced disappearances, FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today. FIDH and LMHR made the call ahead of the 7th EU-Laos human rights dialogue, which is scheduled... continue reading.
Bangkok Post: 20 December 2016 Human rights activists whose husbands are still missing years after they mysteriously vanished have urged the government to pass a law on preventing enforced disappearances, to address human rights violations. Prominent human rights campaigner Angkhana Neelapaijit urged Thai authorities to enact the Torture and Enforced Disappearance Prevention and Suppression bill as... continue reading.
Thomson Reuters Foundation: 20 December 2016 By Alisa Tang BANGKOK, Dec 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The wives of three prominent Southeast Asian human rights campaigners who went missing after being detained by the authorities have united to urge Laos and Thailand to end impunity over forced disappearances. All three women have become vocal critics... continue reading.
Sombath Somphone and the Tragedy of Enforced Disappearances: A Press Conference and Interactive Dialogue was held at the FCCT in Bangkok, Thailand on 19 December 2016. Panelists included: Pinnipa Preuksapan, wife of Pholachi “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, ethnic Karen land and rights activist Angkhana Neelapaijit, Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, and wife of activist lawyer... continue reading.
Benar News: 19 December 2016 The wives of three men who disappeared under mysterious circumstances years ago – including a Thai lawyer who has been missing since March 2004 – appeared Monday before reporters in Bangkok to discuss their ongoing ordeals. Angkhana Neelapaijit, the wife of lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, joined Shui-Meng Ng and Pinnapa Preuksapan,... continue reading.
Human Rights Watch: 15 December 2016 Sombath Somphone Still Missing After Four Years (Bangkok) – The Lao government has made no progress accounting for civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who was forcibly disappeared on December 15, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. Four years after he was stopped at a police checkpoint in the capital, Vientiane, the... continue reading.
FIDH: 2015 年 12 月 15 日 バンコク発)ラオスの傑出したラオスの市民社会のリーダー、ソム バット・ソムポーン氏が強制失踪に遭ってから 4 年目を迎えるこの日、私たち、以下に署名 をした団体は、ソムバット氏の失踪を今に至るまで適切に調査せずにいるラオス政府を非 難します。私たちは、ラオス当局に、ソムバット氏の安否や所在を突き止めるための効果的 な調査を行うよう求めます。特に、12 か月前に新しい証拠となるビデオが公開された後も、 彼の強制失踪に関する調査を再開しないラオス政府の怠慢を非難します。 ソムバット氏は、2012 年 12 月 15 日の夜、ラオスの首都ビエンチャンの交通量の多い道路 沿いの警察の検問所で見かけられたのを最後に、姿を消しました。ソムバット氏の誘拐は、 検問所近くに設置された防犯カメラに捉えられています。防犯カメラの映像は、警察官がソ ムバット氏の車を止め、数分後に身元不明の人物たちが彼を他の車に押し込み、走り去ると ころを映しています。また、何者かが、ソムバット氏の車を運転して街から走り去るところ も映されています。... continue reading.
FIDH: 15 December 2016 On the fourth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Lao PDR government’s ongoing failure to adequately investigate Sombath’s disappearance. We urge the authorities to act to conduct an effective investigation with a view to determining his fate or... continue reading.
The police have a new post where Sombath was taken. When can we expect a new (and authentic) investigation into his disappearance?... continue reading.
Briefing paper prepared by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Introduction “The phenomenon of enforced disappearances […] is the worst of all violations of human rights. It is certainly a challenge to the very concept of human rights, denial of the right for humans to have an existence, an identity. Enforced disappearance transforms humans into... continue reading.