December 15th, 2017 - On the fifth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, express outrage at the Lao government’s failure to independently, impartially, effectively, and transparently investigate Sombath’s disappearance, reveal his whereabouts, and return him to his family.
For Immediate release
“Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Value Extraction from the Mekong: A Case Study on the Control and Exploitation of Land and Labour in Cambodia and Myanmar SEZs”
Co-organized by: Paung Ku, Dawei Development Association (DDA), Tavoyan Women’s Union (TWU), Myanmar SEZs’Watch, EarthRights International – Myanmar (ERI), and Focus on the Global South (Focus). Supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Asia.
As representatives or heads of international academic organizations or academic programs, we view with deep concern the recent news that the Royal Thai Police may be about to charge Dr.
We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities to immediately drop all charges against academics and participants who attended a recent conference in Chiang Mai, and to uphold academic freedom in line with Thailand’s human rights obligations.