AFSC: 25 August 2016
The American Friends Service Committee has called on US President Barack Obama to raise issues on his upcoming trip to the Lao PDR:
1. Urge the new Lao Administration to publicly announce a renewed investigation into Sombath’s disappearance and to call for regional and international assistance on this unresolved case.
2. Urge Lao authorities to restore and increase safe public space for independent non- profit associations and independent local media.
The call to action can be found here, and the full letter here. (As point of clarification, the Sombath Initiative is not an American organisation.)