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After eight years, civil society worldwide demands the government establish and reveal Sombath’s fate and whereabouts

15 December 2020: On the eighth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls on the government of Laos to reveal his fate and whereabouts, and to investigate…
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Free All Wrongfully Detained; Permit Peaceful Rally

Click to expand Image Lao people walk past their country flag, in…
Lao people walk past their country flag, in the capital Vientiane, Laos.
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Repeal of Decree on Associations No. 238 of 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 Democratic…
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Disclose Sombath Somphone’s Fate or Whereabouts

(Bangkok) – 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, Vientiane, in December 2012, Human Rights Watch said today…
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Australia Should Use Dialogue to Raise Free Speech, ‘Disappearances’

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. Key…
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Human Rights Watch Submission

We write on the occasion of the forthcoming 5th Australian-Laos human rights dialogue, scheduled to be held in Vientiane, Laos in July 2017. Australia should raise pressing human rights issues in an unambiguous manner, set clear benchmarks for…
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On fourth anniversary of enforced disappearance, civil society demands to know: “Where is Sombath Somphone?”

On the fourth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Lao PDR government’s ongoing failure to adequately investigate Sombath’s disappearance. We urge…
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Sombath Somphone Still Missing After Four Years

(Bangkok) – The Lao government has made no progress accounting for civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who was forcibly disappeared on December 15, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. Four years after he was stopped at a police checkpoint in the…
Sombath Somphone is still missing four years after he was forcibly disappeared in Vientiane, Laos.
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Disclosing Fate of Sombath Somphone Major Test for New Government

(New York) – Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith should immediately disclose the fate of prominent activist Sombath Somphone, who has been forcibly disappeared in Vientiane since December 2012, Human Rights Watch said.
 Since taking office on…
Sombath Somphone is still missing four years after he was forcibly disappeared in Vientiane, Laos.
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An open letter to Participants of the 2015 Lao Donor Round Table Meeting
 
 November 5, 2015
 
 As you prepare for this year’s High Level Round Table meeting, we ask that you take a few moments to read and reflect on the address below that…
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Submitted in advance of the EU-Laos Human Rights Dialogue October 2015

Human Rights Watch makes this submission on the occasion of the European Union - Laos Human Rights Dialogue, scheduled to take place on November 6, 2015, in Vientiane. Laos recently appeared for its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the United…
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Demand End of Abuses in Burma, Access for Refugee Protection

(Bangkok) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United…
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For many Australians, Laos is a scenic, off-the-beaten path, holiday destination for adventurous travelers. Relatively few know that it's also a repressive one-party state with a long record of restricting basic rights, and imprisoning or forcibly…