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Rights Groups Condemn Harsh Prison Sentence Against Lao Worker

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

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Three government critics jailed for up to 20 years

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

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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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A clear condemnation is necessary

Sombath continues to be an inspiration to many in Laos and beyond. Those who struggle for justice, for sustainable development, for respect of fundamental rights deserve better than silence. …it is of utmost importance that international community present in Laos clearly condemns his enforced disappearance. It is not enough to ask for an investigation. A

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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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Is International Aid Complicit in the Repression in Laos?

The Lao Movement for Human Rights has the honor of inviting you to a conference on: ”Is International assistance complicit in the repression in Laos?” Tuesday, June 14 at 15:00 Regional Council of Ile-de-France, room 100 33 rue Barbet-de-Jouy, 75007 Paris Speakers: Anne-Sophie Gindroz, author of the book ”Laos: the Silent Repression” Richard Werly, France correspondent

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Pro-democracy student leaders must be released after over 16 years of arbitrary detention

FIDH: 08 December 2015 (Paris, Geneva) The Lao government must immediately and unconditionally release two former pro-democracy student leaders who have been arbitrarily detained for more than 16 years and disclose the fate or whereabouts of two others, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint FIDH and OMCT program) and the

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