VOA: 18 May 2017 Human rights groups have condemned harsh prison sentences and called for the release of three Lao migrant workers who posted critical comments on social media and joined a protest outside the Lao Embassy in Thailand. The workers, Somphone Phimmasone, 30, Soukan Chaithad, 33, and Ms Lodkham Thammavong, were sentenced in early April... continue reading.
FIDH: 16 May 2017 The harsh prison sentences handed down to three Lao government critics are a shocking reminder of Vientiane’s intolerance for any form of peaceful dissent, FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today. FIDH and LMHR reiterate their call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release... continue reading.
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.
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.
FIDH-OMCT & LMHR: 26 October 2016 The Lao government must immediately and unconditionally release two former pro-democracy student leaders who have been arbitrarily detained for 17 years and disclose the fate or whereabouts of two others, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint FIDH and OMCT partnership) and the Lao Movement for Human... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
Press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand 11am, Wednesday 31 August, 2016, Bangkok At a time when ASEAN is witnessing an alarming increase in human rights abuses, restrictions on civil liberties, and a shrinking of democratic space in a number of its member states, what kind of example does this year’s ASEAN Chair, Laos,... continue reading.
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... continue reading.