Where is Sombath?

Where is Sombath?

Sombath Somphone was last seen in Vientiane on the evening of Saturday 15th December when he was driving home in his jeep.  His family and friends immediately contacted the police, visited hospitals, and informed Embassies, but nobody knew where Sombath had gone.

Two days later, CCTV footage became available that showed Sombath being stopped by police and then abducted.  The video can be seen here.

Sombath is a friend, colleague and a visionary who has spent his life working for his people and country. This website hopes to facilitate his return to his family and workFor more info visit www.sombath.org 

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

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.[1]

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.

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.


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