• Dec 16, 2013
    The Lao government should immediately disclose the fate of prominent social activist Sombath Somphone, who was apprehended at a police checkpoint in Vientiane one year ago, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Dec 11, 2013
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan should raise concerns about the enforced disappearance of a prominent civil society leader in the prime minister’s meeting with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong at the Japan-Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International Japan, Mekong Watch, Empowerment For All Japan, and two other Japanese nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint letter to Prime Minister Abe.

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Laos

  • Dec 16, 2013
    The Lao government should immediately disclose the fate of prominent social activist Sombath Somphone, who was apprehended at a police checkpoint in Vientiane one year ago, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Dec 11, 2013
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan should raise concerns about the enforced disappearance of a prominent civil society leader in the prime minister’s meeting with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong at the Japan-Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International Japan, Mekong Watch, Empowerment For All Japan, and two other Japanese nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint letter to Prime Minister Abe.
  • Dec 11, 2013
    We are writing in advance of your meeting with the prime minister of Laos, Thongsing Thammavong, at the Japan-ASEAN Summit in Tokyo from December 13, 2013. We respectfully request that in your meeting with Prime Minister Thongsing that you raise the case of prominent civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who was abducted and forcibly disappeared in Vientiane on December 15, 2012.
  • Oct 25, 2013
    In view of your participation in the upcoming European Parliament (EP) delegation to Laos on October 28, we call on you to maintain your efforts to secure the safe return of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, a victim of enforced disappearance.
  • Jun 14, 2013
    Authorities in Laos have failed to seriously investigate or credibly explain the enforced disappearance six months ago of a leading social activist, Sombath Somphone.
  • May 30, 2013
    North Korea should immediately reveal the whereabouts and well-being of nine North Korean refugees who were forced back to Pyongyang from Beijing on May 28 according to media reports, Human Rights Watch said today, emphasizing that the government must ensure that they are not punished for having fled the country.
  • Mar 3, 2013
    A United Nations report about torture and other abuses in healthcare settings points to the need for donors to withdraw funds to compulsory drug detention centers, Human Rights Watch and Harm Reduction International said today.
  • Feb 20, 2013
    The enforced disappearance in December 2012 of prominent development educator and Magsaysay Award winner Sombath Somphone at a police checkpoint in Vientiane, Laos, demands urgent action by Asian governments and regional bodies.
  • Feb 19, 2013
    Lao authorities have failed to provide information on leading social activist Sombath Somphone since his apparent enforced disappearance in December 2012.
  • Dec 20, 2012
    The Lao government should urgently investigate the feared forced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, a prominent social activist.