Statements & Appeals

Global Concern

 

Groups, organisations, governments and leaders from around the world are concerned about the disappearance of Sombath Somphone. Selected statements and appeals are listed below. Events organised in support of Sombath are listed on a sub-page, as well as pictures from those asking Where is Sombath?

 

Declaration of AEPF 12

We should be reminded that while concerns [regarding Sombath’s dissappearance) continue to be raised in the confines of the Universal Periodic Review and similar human rights dialogues, the policies and programmes of governments, donors, regional development...

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“They have taken little or no action”

Enforced disappearances continue to be reported and there has been no progress in investigations or prosecutions. While the Lao PDR has accepted recommendations to investigate the enforced disappearance of leading civil society member Sombath Somphone, who was not...

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EU silent on human rights

Focus on the Global South: 25 April 2018 The European Union (EU) is one of the largest international donors to the Lao PDR, with a budget of over 200 million Euros for the 2014-2020 period. On 15 March 2018, the EU and the Lao PDR held the eighth session of their...

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Sombath Somphone, EU aid, LDC status and human rights

In 2018, Lao PDR will be reviewed against markers for graduation from LDC status as a beginning of the process of assessing Lao PDR’s aspiration to graduate from LDC status by the 2020s. …European development partners have committed approximately USD 550 million...

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Laos: 5 Years Since Civil Society Leader’s ‘Disappearance’

Human Rights Watch: 15 December 2017 Disclose Sombath Somphone’s Fate or Whereabouts The government of Laos should immediately disclose the fate or whereabouts of the prominent civil society leader Sombath Somphone who was forcibly disappeared in the capital,...

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