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?

 

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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AEPF Calls on EU and UK for action, not just words

The Lao government’s continued silence and obfuscation of the facts around Sombath’s enforced disappearance have subjected his family to six years of fear and uncertainty over his fate and whereabouts, which remain unknown to this day. European development partners...

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“If he can disappear, you can too. Keep quiet.”

The second issue is the situation of civil society, again which I take as illustrative. In general, the government assumes that civil society is an extension of itself. In other words, it is there to implement its own policies. It is not there to provide any...

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Statement of Solidarity

15th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Dr Somchai Neelapaijit Statement of Solidarity by Shui Meng Ng (wife of Sombath Somphone, Lao PDR) Bangkok, Thailand, 12 March 2019 Today at the 15thAnniversary of the Disappearance of Dr Somchai Neelapaijit, I stand in...

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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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