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.
Reuters: 31 August 2016 Activists have called on U.S. President Barack Obama to press Laos on its human rights record on issues such as illegal land concessions and forced evictions, when he visits the Communist country next week. Obama is due to attend a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the... continue reading.
Anadolu Agency: 31 August 2016 One week before Laos hosts a summit of Southeast Asian leaders, international rights groups are demanding that Thailand’s sleepy northern neighbor improve its human rights situation. But while advocates have underscored the state of human rights in the country, the wife of a prominent civil society leader who disappeared after being... 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.
“The phenomenon of enforced disappearances […] is the worst of all violations of human rights. It is certainly a challenge to the very concept of human rights, denial of the right for humans to have an existence, an identity. Enforced disappearance transforms humans into non-beings. It is the ultimate corruption, abuse of power that allows... continue reading.
Bangkok Post: 15 December 2015 The enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, a Lao activist who disappeared in December 2012, will be probed until there is an answer, a forum was told. “We will never stop asking questions about the enforced disappearance of Sombath,” according to his wife, friends, and colleagues despite continued rebuttals by the Lao... continue reading.
Asian Correspondent: 15 December 2015 By John Quinley III ON the eve of the third anniversary of acclaimed community development leader Sombath Somphone’s forced disappearance, human rights groups on Monday in Bangkok urged the Lao government to provide information regarding Mr. Sombath’s whereabouts and fate. Sombath was abducted in Vientiane Laos on the evening of December 15, 2012, at a... continue reading.
Reuters: 14 December 2015 Communist Laos has shown “no political will to solve” the mystery of the abduction of a prominent social activist, a United Nations human rights official said on Monday, on the third anniversary of the kidnapping. The United Nations and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said police in Laos refused to... continue reading.
A press conference entitled “Three Years On: Demanding Answers for the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone in Laos” was held at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday, 14 December 2014. A synthesis of new CCTV footage (above) was shared showing: 1) Sombath’s jeep after he was stopped at a police post, 2)... continue reading.
10:30 am, Monday, December 14, 2015 Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) Three years ago, on December 15, Magsaysay award winner and acclaimed community development leader Sombath Somphone was detained at a police checkpoint in Vientiane, Laos, and then disappeared by state authorities. Since then, the Lao police and government authorities have consistently failed to... continue reading.