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?

 

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 in...

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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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Lacking the grit to take up Sombath case

Bangkok Post: 14 December 2017 The year-end period is supposed to be the time for celebrations with loved ones. But for Ng Shui Meng, wife of the missing rural community developer in Laos, Sombath Somphone, this time of year is traumatic. On the evening of Dec 15,...

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Will Donors Remember?

As donors, diplomats and development partners gather for this year’s Roundtable Implementation Meeting in Pakse, will they take time to consider those who were arrested or disappeared in this same city in November 2000 and October 2001, simply for expressing their...

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Media Release: 5th Australia-Lao PDR Human Rights Dialogue

DFAT: 02 August 2017 Australia and the Lao PDR held their 5th Human Rights Dialogue on 18 July 2017 in Vientiane. The two sides had frank and constructive discussions on an extensive range of issues, including engagement with international human rights mechanisms,...

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Laos: No Progress on Rights

HRW: 17 July 2017 Australian officials should press the government of Laos to respect human rights at the Australian-Laos human rights dialogue, scheduled for July 18-19, 2017, in Vientiane, Human Rights Watch said today in a submission to the Australian government....

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