My dearest Sombath, Today is the last day of 2017. For four years now I have been waiting desperately for news of your whereabouts and your safe return. This time of the year should be a time for family gatherings to send off the old year and welcome the new. But for you and I,... continue reading.
Bangkok Post: 20 December 2016 Human rights activists whose husbands are still missing years after they mysteriously vanished have urged the government to pass a law on preventing enforced disappearances, to address human rights violations. Prominent human rights campaigner Angkhana Neelapaijit urged Thai authorities to enact the Torture and Enforced Disappearance Prevention and Suppression bill as... continue reading.
Voice of America: 21 December 2016 The wife of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone is calling for judicial reforms in Laos and for the government clarify the fate of her husband, saying she will “never give up” in seeking the truth behind his disappearance. Shui-Meng Ng, made the appeal as rights activists marked the fourth... continue reading.
Thomson Reuters Foundation: 20 December 2016 By Alisa Tang BANGKOK, Dec 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The wives of three prominent Southeast Asian human rights campaigners who went missing after being detained by the authorities have united to urge Laos and Thailand to end impunity over forced disappearances. All three women have become vocal critics... continue reading.
Sombath Somphone and the Tragedy of Enforced Disappearances: A Press Conference and Interactive Dialogue was held at the FCCT in Bangkok, Thailand on 19 December 2016. Panelists included: Pinnipa Preuksapan, wife of Pholachi “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, ethnic Karen land and rights activist Angkhana Neelapaijit, Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, and wife of activist lawyer... continue reading.
Benar News: 19 December 2016 The wives of three men who disappeared under mysterious circumstances years ago – including a Thai lawyer who has been missing since March 2004 – appeared Monday before reporters in Bangkok to discuss their ongoing ordeals. Angkhana Neelapaijit, the wife of lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, joined Shui-Meng Ng and Pinnapa Preuksapan,... continue reading.
Washington Post: 15 December 2016 By Dake Kang | AP BANGKOK — Ng Shui Meng hasn’t given up hope. Thursday was the fourth anniversary of the day her husband, Laotian community organizer Sombath Somphone, vanished at a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Vientiane, the capital — a suspicious disappearance reflecting the repressive tactics of the country’s Communist... continue reading.
Radio Free Asia: 15 December 2016 The disappearance of Sombath Somphone remains one of the most enduring and heartbreaking mysteries of modern Laos as the abduction of the world-recognized rural development activist at a police checkpoint four years ago remains unsolved. “As the fourth anniversary of Sombath’s disappearance approaches, my heart becomes heavier by the... continue reading.
2016 PADETC Fair Thursday, 15th December 2016 PADETC Office, Vientiane, Lao PDR 15 December 2016 marks the fourth year of the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, Founder of PADETC. To commemorate Ajarn Sombath Somphone, PADETC will organize its Annual Fair under the title ‘Sombath Somphone – Son of the Soil’.... continue reading.
Amnesty Press: 2016 Den 15 december 2012 stoppades Sombath Somphones bil av polis. Sedan dess har ingen sett honom. – Jag hoppas att han lever. Att inte veta är det allra svåraste, säger hustrun Ng Shui Meng. Text: Ivar Andersen Ng Shui Meng vill inte trä as i sitt hem. Hon misstänker att det är... continue reading.