Where is Sombath?

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 Sombath Somphone gave to the 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Vientiane, Lao PDR three years ago.

It was Sombath’s last public address before he was taken from a busy street in the city where most of you work every day.[1] We ask that you quote his words in your remarks at the RTM itself. More importantly, we ask that you incorporate the wisdom of those words in your policies and programs in the Lao PDR. Thank you. 

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The Sombath Initiative today released its critique of the Lao government's response to the 196 recommendations presented at its 2nd cycle Universal Periodic Review held in Geneva in January. 

To read the full statement, please visit the Sombath Initiative website here


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