Sombath-prayerNewspapers, media and websites across the globe have reported on the disappearance of Sombath Somphone. Links to a selection of articles can be found  here, or click ‘News’ in the menu above.

The Bangkok Post provided a good summary of the situation in an article on 24th December. Here is an extract:

The news was a shock … The 60-year-old activist had never been regarded as an enemy of the state. He founded the Participatory Development Training Centre in Vientiane to promote development and education ….  His work as a social developer was internationally recognised…  Not surprisingly, he was called ”one of the most respected and influential voices for sustainable people-centred and just economic and social development in Laos”.

The full article is available here.