Focus at the AEPF 10
Petition from participants at Asia-Europe People’s Forum 10
Presented to the ASEM Heads of State and Government on 16th October 2014, in Milan, Italy
On December 15 2014, it will be two years since the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone. For those familiar with the Lao PDR and Southeast Asia, and those who participated iin the AEPF 2012 in Vientiane, Sombath needs no introduction.
October 12, 2014
We, over 400 women and men, representing social movements, people’s organisations and citizens from 42 countries across Asia and Europe joined together from the 10th to 12th October 2014 in Milan, Italy at the 10th Asia Europe People’s Forum under the title “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States of Citizens for Citizens”.
Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone
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.
A call to social movements, frontline communities and campaigning networks, and progressive NGOs, academics and parliamentarians across Asia and Europe:
Join the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples’ Forum, “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe: Building States of Citizens for Citizens”
Milan, Italy, 10-12 October 2014
The Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) will hold its 10th biennial People’s Forum on 10-12 October 2014 under the title “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe - Building States of Citizens for Citizens”.