“Before the Sombath-Bamboodisappearance of Sombath, there was some optimism that civil society could be a force for change in Laos. Since his disappearance, such hopes have been virtually extinguished, since most people are now too scared to do anything that might rile the regime,”

Martin Steward-Fox in Laos: Reform or Revolution, The Diplomat, 28 September 2016