Radio Free Asia: 09 August 2016 Laos’ representatives attending a meeting of civil society organizations that is held each year during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit said little about human rights issues inside their own authoritarian country because they were selected by the government in Vientiane, sources tell RFA. While the ASEAN... continue reading.
The ACSC/APF 2016 will not take place in Lao PDR, due to concerns over possible restrictions and limited freedom of expression on key issues of concerns of ASEAN which are inconsistent with the agreed ACSC/APF’s modality of engagement. From the CSO Statement of the 2016 ACSC/APF recently held in Timor Leste. Ironically, the forum’s Regional Steering Committee... continue reading.
Lao civil society representatives made it clear that Sombath’s name, among other issues, would not be welcome at a ACSC/APF event held in Laos. For this and other reasons, the event was moved to Timor-Leste. “Humanity and Nature” will be held from 16:15-18:15 PM on August 4th in room two of the Alola Foundation. Speakers... continue reading.
Bangkok Post: 02 August 2016 The Asean Civil Society Conference/Asean Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) which is to take place today in Dili, Timor-Leste appears to be clouded by uncertainty and fears. Concerns have emerged as there have been no indications that the three-day meeting, as stated during preparatory events in March and May, can provide a... continue reading.
The Economist: 23 July 2016 As Barack Obama prepares for his first visit to Laos, its civil society struggles A HIGHLIGHT of Ounkeo Souksavanh’s years as a radio host in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, came in late 2011 when he hosted an episode of Wao Kao (“News Talk”) on land disputes in the south of... 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.
The Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies is being held 8-10 July in Bangkok, Thailand. It has previously been held in Khon Kaen, Thailand, and three locations in the United States. Why has a conference on Lao studies never been held in Laos?... 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.
Focus on the Global South: 30 June 2016 “Laos’ CSOs have lost face because of Sombath Somphone. We have lost the financial sources from donors because of him,” said Mr. Cher Her, vice chair of Laos’ ASCS/APF NOC. Chrek Sophea blogs on current issues confronting the ACSC/APF, reflecting on what have transpired in recent preparatory... continue reading.
At the 2nd Regional Consultation Meeting for the ACSC/APF held in Vientiane on 10-11 May, Dr. Maydom Chanthanasinh, Chair of Lao CSOs, said that lack of finances was the main reason the Asean People’s Forum will not be held in Laos this year. However, it was earlier reported the decision not to hold the event in Laos... continue reading.