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. 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.
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.
14 January 2015
We, the undersigned, request you to resolutely address the disappearance of Sombath Somphone at the upcoming Universal Periodic Review for the Lao PDR on January 20, 2015.
Enforced disappearance is a horrible crime, one of a few internationally recognized as unjustifiable under any circumstances.
Statement - 15 December 2014
On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned regional and international organizations, firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.
For Immediate Release
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Bangkok, 11 December 2014 -- While driving home on the evening of December 15th 2012, Sombath Somphone was stopped by traffic police at a police post in Vientiane and taken away by persons in a pickup truck while the police watched.
While Lao government authorities have expressed concern over Sombath’s disappearance, their investigation has been cursory at best and calls into question their commitment to really discovering what has happened to Sombath.