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EU must demand release ofdissidents, resolution of enforced disappearances

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

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強制失踪から 4 年、市民社会が問い続ける: 「ソムバット・ソムポーンはどこに?」

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。

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On fourth anniversary of enforced disappearance, civil society demands to know: “Where is Sombath Somphone?”

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

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What is…Freedom of Expression in the Lao PDR?

Briefing paper prepared by International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Freedom of expression severely repressed Lao authorities impose severe restrictions on the right to freedom of expression in the country. The state controls almost all media in Laos. Repressive laws prevent free expression and the circulation of opinions and information. In the rare instances where people

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ASEAN in Laos: Challenges of Leadership, Human Rights & Democracy

Press conference held at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand on 31 August, 2016, Bangkok  Panelists included (click on link for their presentation): Shui Meng Ng, Spouse of Sombath Somphone Walden Bello, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights Laurent Meillan, Acting Regional Representative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights With moderation by Phil Robertson, Deputy Director

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Laos cracks down on social media critics

Al Jazeera: 06 June 2016, By Preeti Jha In a new strike on freedom of expression, Laos broadcasts a stark warning to social media users. Vientiane, Laos – With their heads hung low, three Laos nationals quietly apologise on state TV for betraying the country through anti-government Facebook posts, a striking parade of apparent confessions in the

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Three government critics arbitrarily arrested, detained incommunicado

FIDH/LMHR: 06 June 2016 (Paris) Lao authorities must immediately and unconditionally release three individuals who have been arbitrarily arrested and detained incommunicado for criticizing the government, FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today. “The government’s systematic repression of all forms of peaceful dissent underscores the immense gap between Vientiane’s

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