Get Involved

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While our primary concern is for Sombath’s safe return, we should not put his ideas and vision on hold. The ideals Sombath has worked for, including a more humane, sustainable and equitable approach to development, a respect for the earth and the rich cultural heritage that has nourished Lao people for centuries, and education that nourishes rather than crushes the creativity and heart of Lao youth.

So please:

getinvolvedDirect Pressure:

While scores of appeals to the Lao leadership have had little visible effect, and no direct results, Sombath’s disappearance has shone a harsher light on the Lao PDR’s human rights practices, enforced disappearance, and inequitable development policies. The Lao government hopes this issue will fade. Don’t let that happen.

Write: A list of people and offices to contact can be found here. Points to consider:

  • Emphasize the good work Sombath has done for his country, as an educator, a community development worker and a peace practitioner.
  • Note the relationship between economic development and human rights. A modern country is one that respects the rights of all citizens.
  • Indicate that the continued disappearance of a well-known and highly-respected person like Sombath is affecting the international image of Laos, with possible consequences for investment, tourism, and foreign aid.

Organise: Arrange an event at the Lao Embassy in your country, such as those that have been held in Bangkok, Canberra, Manila or Tokyo, or see the Events page for more examples.

Indirect Pressure:

    • Make full use of the information on this website.  Copy the text or photos (with appropriate citations) and share the links.

2. Indirect Pressure: As can be seen from the Global Concern page, support from around the world has been remarkable and sustained. The Lao government or those supporting it cannot be allowed to return to “business as usual.”

2.1 Lobby and pressure your government, particularly if you live in the ASEAN region, or your country provides significant aid to Laos. See examples from Australia and Thailand.

2.2 Organize a public event about Sombath or related issues, such as these in Japan, Thailand or the Philippines.

2.3 Send information to local news media or organize a public statement of concern.

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3. Join a Campaign or Contribute: Numerous human rights organizations and initiatives have taken up the cause of Sombath and related issues:

3.1 Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action and also released a report “Caught on Camera” in English, Thai and Lao.

3.2 Like the Find Sombat Somphone page at Facebook and spread the word to your friends by liking and sharing the posts:

Sombath FaceBook link3.3 Print and display a missing person poster in English or Lao:

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Or fax these to the Lao Embassy in your country!

3.4 Write Letter to Sombath for inclusion on this website, such as these examples. Stand up and speak out for Sombath!

You can make a difference!