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?

 

Remarks by Shui Meng Ng at 13th Asia-Europe People’s Forum

17 May 2021 Good day to all. We are gathered together again for another AEPF, the 13th AEPF. This is the 4th time I have been asked to speak at the opening of an AEPF Meeting. While I am grateful that the organizing committee has once more given me the space and time...

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New Joint Allegation Letter on Sombath Somphone

Four UN Special Rapporteurs had sent a new Joint Allegation Letter to the Government of the Lao PDR on 05 February 2021. Having received no response in 60 days, the letter has now been made public: Mandates of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary...

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Australia: Press Laos to Protect Rights

Human Rights Watch: 12 August 2019 The Lao government has never disclosed the fate or whereabouts of a prominent civil society leader, Sombath Somphone, who was forcibly disappeared in the capital, Vientiane, in December 2012. Dialogue Should Address Enforced...

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UN Special Rapporteur speaks out for Sombath

76. The Government should finally allow a meaningful investigation of the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, a widely admired civil society leader, last seen getting into a vehicle after being stopped at a police checkpoint in 2012. 91. Allowing civil rights sores to...

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