Statements, petitions & 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?


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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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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Open letter on repeal of decree on associations No. 238

International Commission of Jurists: 13 December 2017 H.E. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister Prime Minister’s Office, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic   H.E. Mr. Bounnhang Vorachith, President President’s Office, Vientiane, Lao People’s...

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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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