Sombath Somphone, a widely-respected leader in education and sustainable development in the Lao PDR, and recipient of the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, disappeared on the evening of December 15th, 2012 in the Lao capital Vientiane (see ). CCTV footage which became available 2 days later showed Sombath being stopped by traffic police, his car driven away by an unknown person, and then Sombath being taken in a pickup by 2-3 other unidentified persons.

The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition

 24 June 2013

WE HAVE a dream.

We dream of a Philippines where citizens are educated and healthy; where they have adequate opportunities for decent and secure jobs, livelihood and business; and where their human rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution are respected.

We dream of a government that will take good care of our hard-earned tax money and harness it for the public good, rather than squander it on corruption and inefficiency.

Key Discussion points

Where is the U.S. crisis heading and what are the implications for Asia?
Why does the European crisis continue to deepen? 
How are the crises affecting emerging economies?
Where is Thailand in the context of global crises?

Monday, 28 January 2013 at 08.30 AM - 12.00 PM

By Walden Bello*

(Speech at meeting of international social movements, Hotel Trang, Bangkok, August 31, 2012.)

by Walden Bello
originally published in FPIF

Most visitors to Myanmar these days, when the country is opening up, limit their trips to Yangon, better known in better times as Rangoon. They rarely make the five-hour trip to Naypyitaw, the site upcountry to which the ruling military regime has transferred the capital. As a parliamentary delegation from different Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) governments seeking to make contact with opposition legislators, we embark on the road trip to the Burmese generals’ version of Brasilia, not really knowing what we’ll find at the end of the 230-mile journey.

Before we leave Yangon, however, we meet with members of “Generation 88,” people now in their forties who were leaders of the student uprising of 1988. Our meeting takes place against the background of fast-moving developments in Burmese politics: the triumphant European tour of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, universally referred to as Daw Suu or “the Lady”; the release of two dozen more political prisoners; and the opening session of parliament on July 4. There is a widespread sense that the country is undergoing momentous change.


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