Parliamentary Delegations

‘Absolutely no political will…’

Yesterday marked the first month of Sombath’s disappearance… His wife was asked to go talk to the police as part of the investigation process. She turned up at the police station at 9:00 AM, and the questions they had for her, after one month of the investigation was, ‘When did you get married to Sombath?

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Laos facing possible aid review over missing activist, says Euro MP

Radio Australia: (07 November 2013) A European parliamentary delegation says the Lao government has yet again failed to offer a credible explanation as to the whereabouts of a well-known rights activist. (audio program) It’s almost 11 months ago since the disappearance of the internationally-recognised development worker and teacher, Sombath Somphone. And for the second time

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Rights groups pressure EU to help find missing Lao activist

The Nation: 28 October 2013 Human rights groups pressured visiting European parliamentarians in Laos Monday to demand answers about missing activist Sombath Somphone. “The EU should use all its leverage to ensure Sombath’s safe return,” said a joint letter from Amnesty International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Federation Internationale des Ligues de droits de l’homme and Human

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EU Parliament Dissatisfied with Lao Efforts to Locate Missing Activist

Radio Free Asia: (28 October 2013) A European parliamentary delegation has expressed dissatisfaction with the Lao government’s explanation over the disappearance of prominent local activist Sombath Somphone, who was last seen 10 months ago being stopped in his vehicle at a police checkpoint in the Lao capital Vientiane. The second European Parliamentary visit to Laos

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Restraining Leviathan

The Inquirer: 02 September 2013 By Walden Bello The state is a Janus-faced creature.  On the one hand, there is its “soft face.”  This is the set of institutions that provide representation and justice. Then there is the “hard face” of the state, the most important institutions of which are the executive, the internal security

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Justice Elusive for Asia's Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Radio Free Asia: 02 September 2013 Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s designated successor the Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, has been missing for nearly two decades. In Thailand, Somchai Neelapaijit, the chairman of the Thai Muslim Lawyers Association, disappeared nine years ago while providing legal assistance to Muslims accused of involvement in violence against

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