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1,000 days on, Sombath’s enforced disappearance a clear dereliction of Lao’s international obligations

11 September 2015 Today marks 1,000 days since prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone “disappeared” at a police checkpoint on a busy street in Vientiane. We, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our call for the Lao government to intensify its efforts to conduct a prompt, impartial, and effective investigation into Sombath’s apparent enforced disappearance, to

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FORUM ASIA: Lao authorities apathetic regarding investigation

FORUM-ASIA: 25 June 2015 29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Oral Statement by R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development  Thank you, Mr. President. We welcome recommendations made to the Lao government. We regret that the government has

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Pre-Session for Universal Periodic Review

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

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Sombath Somphone – One Year After

7pm Wednesday Dec 11, 2013 Members Free, Non-Members: 350 Baht Sombath Somphone, perhaps the Lao PDR’s most prominent community development activist and founder of the Participatory Development Training Center (PADETC) was last seen on the evening of Dec 15, 2013 on a road in Vientiane. According to footage from a CCTV camera, he was stopped

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Five Months On, Demand for Accountability and Action

Laos: Five Months On, Demand for Accountability and Action in Sombath Somphone’s Disappearance Intensifies Bangkok/Manila/Jakarta (15 May 2013) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Focus on the Global South, The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) reiterated their call on

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65 organisations sign letter to Lao PM

“We, 65 national, regional and international human rights organizations, express very grave concern over the lack of progress and information regarding investigations into the fate and whereabouts of Mr. Sombath Somphone.” You can read the open letter to H.E. Thongsing Thammavong by clicking this link.

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