Category: Laos

Laos’ ambition to become the “battery” of Southeast Asia has led to a proliferation of hydropower dams around the country. Yet with these dams come significant socio-economic and environmental consequences that need to be considered when deciding whether to build them. In Laos, risks all too often t …

READ MORE

14 December 2018: On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial and effective investigation to reveal his fate and wher …

READ MORE

save_the_mekong_logo.png

Save the Mekong press release and statement Media Contacts: Nguy Thi Khanh, Green ID | [email protected] Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South | [email protected] Wora Suk, Thai ETO Watch | [email protected] Friday 24 August: Save the Mekong, a coalition of non-government orga …

READ MORE

savethemekong.png

Save the Mekong, a coalition of non-government organizations, community-based groups and concerned citizens within the Mekong region, wish to express our shock and concern at the recent collapse of the Xe Pian – Xe Nam Noy hydropower project in Laos, and our deep condolences to communities affected …

READ MORE

img_0964.jpeg

“Enclosures have appropriately been called a revolution of the rich against the poor.” Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. 1944. (p. 35)          “Our ancestral domain or traditional territory covers not just our ancestral land but all the flora and fauna within it, the …

READ MORE

photo from sombath.org

Bangkok, 15 December 2016: 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 the au …

READ MORE

Neoliberalism word cloud.jpg

Our Executive Director, Shalmali Guttal, was in Australia earlier this month and gave a talk at the Addison Road Community Centre in Sydney about neoliberalism, how it manifests in Asia, and how people are mobilising to challenge it. You can read her talk below, or listen to parts of it on 3CR Commu …

READ MORE

IMG_4384_0.JPG

 (Bangkok, August 31, 2016) – On the eve of the annual ASEAN leaders summit in Vientiane, human rights and advocacy groups called upon the Lao PDR Government to commit to address its widespread violations of human rights, including instances of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention. V …

READ MORE

laos-MMAP-md_cropped_0.png

 Press ConferenceOrganised by: The Sombath Initiative11am, Wednesday 31 August, 2016, Bangkok  At a time when ASEAN is witnessing an alarming increase in human rights abuses, restrictions on civil liberties, and a shrinking of democratic space in a number of its member states, what kind of …

READ MORE

amnesty_international.jpg

Amnesty International have launched an urgent campaign in relation to three Lao nationals who were arrested in March this year and remain in incommunicado detention. Please read the information below and take action before 14 September 2016. Three Lao human rights activists have been arrested o …

READ MORE