Universal Periodic Review

What are…Laos’ International Human Rights Obligations & Commitments?

Briefing paper prepared by Civil Rights Defenders (CRD) The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) has participated in the first two rounds of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of its human rights records, but its compliance and engagement with other UN human rights mechanisms has been very limited, despite its treaty obligations and UPR commitments. This

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Is Sombath Being Forgotten?

As Laos celebrates its traditional new year, a few points to ponder: While the Lao government claims it is continuing to investigate Sombath’s disappearance, no results have been released in nearly three years. But is anybody still asking? Within days of his disappearance, Sombath’s family filed an appeal with the Supreme People’s Prosecutor. Authorities later claimed the

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Laos shows ‘no political will’ to solve activist’s disappearance, U.N. rights official says

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

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Laos in the Spotlight Again Over Human Rights

The Diplomat: 02 October 2015 Violations are again an issue in the Southeast Asian state. By Luke Hunt Human rights violations are again an issue in Laos – and a thorn in the side of a government more concerned with centrally-planned economic policies – following the death 61-year-old Tiang Kwentianthong. Tiang was originally arrested for praying

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Laos : Le Gouvernement se moque de l’examen des droits de l’homme de l’ONU

FIDH-MLDH: 03 Juillet 2015 Paris, 30 Juin 2015 : Le refus du Gouvernement Lao d’accepter les recommandations clé formulées lors de son dernier Examen Périodique Universel (EPU) a tourné en farce le processus de révision des Nations Unies, ont déclaré aujourd’hui la FIDH et son organisation membre, le Mouvement Lao des Droits de l’Homme (MLDH). “L’attitude défensive

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Response to UPR: Rehashed Rhetoric & Continuing Contradictions

The Sombath Initiative: 02 July 2015 Rehashed Rhetoric & Continuing Contradictions: The Lao Government Response to the 2nd Cycle UPR Recommendations On June 24th, the Lao government gave its response to the 196 recommendations presented at its 2nd cycle Universal Periodic Review held in Geneva in January.[1] They contain few surprises. Perhaps most notable is the repeated

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Laos: Government mocks UN human rights review

FIDH-LMHR: 30 June 2015 Paris, 30 June 2015: The Lao government’s failure to accept key recommendations received during its latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has turned the UN-backed review process into a farce, FIDH and its member organization, the Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR), said today. “The Lao government’s defensive attitude and blanket denials

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FORUM ASIA: Lao authorities apathetic regarding investigation

FORUM-ASIA: 25 June 2015 29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Oral Statement by R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development  Thank you, Mr. President. We welcome recommendations made to the Lao government. We regret that the government has

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Amnesty: Conduct a thorough and independent investigation

Amnesty International: 25 June 2015 Amnesty International urges Laos to undertake a thorough and independent investigation into the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Amnesty International welcomes recommendations made by 10 states in the UPR Working Group, on the enforced disappearance of

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