Lao Civil Society

Limited Freedom of Expression

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

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Workshop on Sombath at ACSC/APF

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

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Upcoming Asean forum must listen to Lao civil society

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

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Radio silence

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

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An open letter to the 2016 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

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

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Disappearance Casts a Pall Over Laos as ASEAN Conference Looms

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

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