Where is Sombath?

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.

Photo: Joan Bondoc

PRESS ADVISORY

10:30am-12pm, Thursday, December 11, 2014

Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (map)

Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF, my husband, Sombath Somphone, as the Co-Chair of the National Organizing Committee, gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane, Laos. He was at the time both happy and excited that after months of intensive preparation, the AEPF9 was officially declared open by no less than Laos’ Deputy Prime Minister. More than 1,000 people representing civil society groups and organizations from across Asia and Europe participated. As a Lao, Sombath was proud that his country could play host to such a major civil society forum.

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