Statements

International Federation for Human Rights: Press release announcing joint report submitted together with Lao Movement for Human Rights to the UN OHCHR for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review for the Lao PDR. (18 June 2014) Français

International Commission of Jurists: Press release regarding ICJ’s report to the UN OHCHR for the Lao Universal Periodic Review in 2015. (17 June 2014)

Asian Parliamentarians for Human Rights: Submission to OHCHR for the upcoming Lao Universal Periodic Review. (15 June 2014)

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances: Call on AICHR to take action against increasing human rights abuses in the region. (15 June 2014)

Forum Asia: Press release on disappearances of human rights defenders, including that of Sombath. Forum Asia, together with Asia-Europe People’s Forum, also submitted a report to the UN OHCHR for the 2015 Universal Periodic Review for Laos. (13 June 2014)

Human Rights Watch: Statement on HRW’s report sent to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in preparation for Lao’s Universal Periodic Review scheduled for early 2015. (10 June 2014)

International Federation for Human Rights: Together with Lao Movement for Human Rights, call on EU for continuing actions in relation to 5th Lao-EU Working Group on Human Rights and Governance. (19 May 2014)

Asian Parliamentarians for Human Rights: Statement praising Singapore government for maintaining pressure on Lao government. (18 April 2014)

Australian Senate: Motion calling for credible investigatioheader-logo-printn and cooperation with international community. (26 March 2014)

Solidarity for Asian Peoples’ Advocacy (SAPA) Working Group on Asian: Statement at 2004 Asian People’s Forum in Yangon. (23 March 2014)

Asian Human Rights Commission & Australian National University Scholars: Australian academics voice concern for missing Somchai, Sombath” (05 March 2014)

Festival du Film Forum et International sur les Droits Humains: Tribute to Sombath and call for action. (March 2014)

International Network of Engaged Buddhists: Article by Sulak Sivaraksa in their journal Seeds of Peace. (January-April 2014)

Lao Movement for Human Rights: Statement supporting European Parliamentary resolution and calling on AICHR to act (16 January 2014) Français ພາສາລາວ

European Parliament: Demand for clarification on investigation into case of Sombath Somphone (14 January 2014)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: UN human rights experts repeat call on Lao government to conduct serious investigation (17 December 2013)

Human Rights Watch: Demand for action at one year mark since enforced disappearance by Lao government (16 December 2013)

British Foreign Office:  The Foreign Office Minister expresses concern about the disappearance of Sombath Somphone (15 December 2013)

Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs: Call for transparent and thorough investigation (15 December 2013)

John Kerry, US Secretary of State: Statement on one year after Sombath’s abduction (15 December 2013)

icj_logoInternational Commission of Jurists: Call for Lao government and AICHR to reverse inaction (14 December 2013)

Samma-Ajiva Initiative: Remembering Sombath, One Year On (13 December 2013)

NGOs: 62 Asian NGOs call for new investigation into the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone (13 December 2013) 中国语文

Amnesty International: Urgent Action calling for letters of appeal to be sent to Lao leadership (11 December 2013) Deutsch Sprache

Amnesty International Japan, Human Rights Watch, Mekong Watch, Empowerment for All Japan: Appeal for Sombath’s disappearance to be on agenda for Japan-Asian summit (11 December 2013)

Human Rights Watch: Statement urging Japanese Prime Minister to raise issue during Japan-ASEAN summit (11 December 2013) 中国语文 Langue française

American Friends Service Committee: Follow-up letter to Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs urging investigation into Sombath’s disappearance (25 November 2013)

United States: US Government’s statement at Lao PDR’s Round Table Meeting (19 November 2013)

European Union: European Development Partners’ statement at Lao PDR’s Round Table Meeting (19 November 2013)

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (IFAD): Appeal to UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID) for more concerted action (18 November 2013)

Asian Parliamentarians for Human Rights: Statement in support of European delegation and calling on Lao government to do more (28 October 2013)

Amnesty International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, FIDH & Human Rights Watch: Letter to European Union delegation traveling to Laos calling for continued pressure regarding Sombath and human rights (25 October 2013)

Shui Meng Ng: Letter on International Day of the Disappeared. จดหมายจากอึ้งชุ่ยเม้งในโอกาสวันรำลึกเหยื่อการบังคับบุคคลให้สูญหายสากล (30 August 2013)

Thai Civil Society Organizations: Statement in Thai and English calling on Lao and Thai governments to take action regarding enforced disappearances. (30 August 2013)

Amnesty International: Press release on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared (29 August 2013)

AEPF-IOC: Letter to Lao leadership from the International Organising Committee of the Asia Europe People’s Forum. (28 August 2013)

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 22.53.08 PMThird Parliamentarian Delegation: Statement by Søren Bo Søndergaard (Denmark) Paul-Emile Dupret (Belgium) and Mugiyanto (Indonesia) who traveled to Laos on 25-27 August. Video of their press conference held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. (28 August 2013)

Parliamentarian’s Follow-up: Letter to Lao leadership on lack of progress since previous parliamentarian delegations (15 June 2013)

Human Rights Watch: Press release urging Lao government to “End Cover-Up in Activist’s ‘Disappearance’” (14 June 2013)

Amnesty International: Le Laos doit garantir le retour d’un dirigeant de la société civile victime de disparition (13 June 2013)

Amnesty International: Publication of the briefing “Caught on Camera: the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone” (13 June 2013)

Sombath Somphone and Beyond: Video and panel discussion by Thai and Cambodian youth held during New Year in Southern Thailand (11 June 2013)

Swiss Parliament: Questions on the enforced disappearance of Sombat Somphone, filed by 11 parliamentarians (06 June 2013)

Concerned Scholars and Researchers in Australia: Call on Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs for more concerted action (04 June 2013)

Mekong Watch: Press release on public seminar titled “What is ‘Politically Enforced Disappearance’?” held at the Institute for Asian Cultures, Sophia University, Tokyo on May 25th. (03 June 2013)

Asian Human Rights Organisations: “Five Months On, Demand for Accountability and Action in Sombath Somphone’s Disappearance Intensifies”, statement by FORUM-ASIA, Focus on the Global South, AFAD and KontraS (15 May 2013)

SAPA TFAHR: Plea from the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (26 April 2013)

civicus_logoCIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation: “Archbishop Tutu joins CIVICUS in demanding justice for missing Laotian activist” Statement at the CIVICUS website (23 April 2013)

Archbishop Tutu: “Archbishop Tutu Speaks out for Sombath” Statement from Archbishop Tutu’s office regarding a letter sent to Lao Government. (20 April 2013)

International Conference on Lao Studies: Statement signed by participants at conference in Madison, Wisconsin, USA is here. Address by Bruce Shoemaker at opening is here. (19-21 April 2013)

Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation: Press release calling for Sombath’s return on occasion of 12 April action at Philippine Depart of Foreign Affairs. (17 April 2013)

SAPA Working Group for ASEAN: Solidarity event (video) for Sombath Somphone held in Manila, with statement presented to Philippine Dept. of Foreign Affairs. (12 April 2013)

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances: Letter presented to Philippine Dept. of Foreign Affairs. (08 April 2013)

Focus on the Global South: “Where is Sombath Somphone?” Article in newsletter to mark 100 days since Sombath’s disappearance. (25 March 2013)

International Organising Committee AEPF9: Statement from the IOC of the Asia Europe People’s Forum on 100 days since the disappearance of Sombath Somphone (25 March 2013)

ASEAN Watch:115 civil society organizations and 80 individuals request Thai government to join the effort to protect the rights of the citizens of the Lao PDR. Letter available in Thai and English. (25 March 2013)

John Kerry , US Secretary of State:  Press Statement on the 100 Days Since the Disappearance of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone (25 March 2013), John Kerry Statement in Lao Language

Mekong Youth Network: A letter in Thai and English from 171 persons to the Lao Prime Minister to take action and abide by international conventions. (15 March 2013)

European Delegation: A report by the delegation that visited Laos 6-9 March 2013. Also a press statement ‘The clock is ticking with the case of Sombath Somphone’.

International Organising Committee, AEPF9: ‘Reflections and lesson learning’ (28 February 2013)

Finnish NGOs: A public statement calling on Finland to urge the Lao Government to investigate the incident and guarantee space for civil society. (20 February 2013) (suomen kieli on täällä)

Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 9.39.28 AMHuman Rights Watch: Letter to the Lao representative of the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights, concerning the disappearance of Sombath Somphone. (20 February 2013) (Française) (Việt)

Human Rights Watch: Press release urging Laos to “End Silence on ‘Disappeared’ Activist.” (19 February 2013)

Concerned Parties-03: Third letter requesting more concerted action and good faith by Lao Government from 84 individuals and organisations. (13 February 2013)

European Parliament:  Resolution on Laos: the case of Sombath Somphone.  You can watch a video of the debate in Strasbourg here. (07 February 2013)

International Parliamentarians: Follow-up letter to the Lao Prime Minister from 67 Members of Parliament from 14 countries and the European Union. (05 February 2013)

Australian Citizens: Letter from 90 concerned citizens to Bob Carr, Minister of Foreign Affairs, calling for action by Australian Government. (04 February 2013) (ທ່ານ ໄດ້ອ່ານພາສາລາວທີ່ນີ້)

European Union: Press Release on the 4th meeting of the Lao PDR-European Union Working Group on “Human Rights and Governance”. (04 February 2013)

Lao Movement for Human Rights: Statement on occasion of European Union dialogue on human rights with the Lao PDR. (01 February 2013) Français

AFSC Staff: Letter to the Lao President from 12 persons who have worked with the American Friends Service Committee program in Laos. (01 February 2013)

International Commission of Jurists: Call for AICHR to take action regarding the disappearance of Sombath Somphone. (21 January 2013)

Avaaz Community Petition:  Letter to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), on behalf of 2,889 individuals who signed the Avaaz Community Petition. (21 January 2013)

Amnesty_InternationalAmnesty International: Call for urgent action regarding the disappearance of Sombath Somphone. (18 January 2013)

Forum-Asia: Letter to the Lao Prime Minister, signed by 65 national, regional and international human rights organizations. (17 January 2013)

Hillary Clinton , US Secretary of State:  Press Statement on the Disappearance of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone. (16 January 2013)

ASEAN Parliamentary Delegation: Statement from Walden Bello on visit of three ASEAN Parliamentarians to Laos on 13-15 January. (16 January 2013)

EU Human Rights Subcommittee: Letter from the Chair of the EU Human Rights Subcommittee to the Lao Ambassador in Brussels calling for an investigation and to return Sombath to his family. (15 January 2013)

Indian Organisations: Appeal by ten organisations “Against the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone”. (08 January 2013)

TVE Asia Pacific: Webpage “Where is Sombath Somphone, Lao Development Visionary?” (04 January 2013)

Forum-Asia: Open Letter to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). (04 January 2013)

Concerned Parties-02: Follow-up letter requesting disclosure of status of investigation from 72 organisatons and individuals. (26 December 2012)

Asian Human Rights Commission: Statement on “Somphone Disappearance – Test for Laos as World Watches”. (22 December 2012)

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 22.53.08 PMEuropean Union: Statement by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice President of the Commission. (21 December, 2012)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Press briefing expressing concern about the disappearance of Sombath Somphone. (21 December 2012)

Respected Thai Figures:  Footage of the panel discussion held at the Foreign Correspondence Club of Thailand. Speakers include Sulak Sivaraksa, Kraisak Choonhavan and Somchai Homlaor. (21 December 2012)

International NGOs: Letter to Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 22 organisations working in Laos. (20 December 2012)

Human Rights Watch: Statement on the “‘Disappearance’ of Prominent Activist.” (20 December 2012)

 Asian Public Intellectuals: Letter of concern “Seeking assistance from the Government of for the safe return of Mr. Sombath Somphone.” (20 December 2012)

The McKnight Foundation: Letter of concern to Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States Department of State. (20 December 2012)

International Parliamentarians: Letter to the Lao Prime Minister from 22 Asian and European Members of Parliament. (19 December 2012)

International Organising Committee of the Asia Europe People’s Forum (IOC-AEPF): Statement of “Our Deep Concern over the Disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone”. (19 December 2012)

medallion_2012Ramon Magsaysay Foundation: Appeal from Ramon foundation Awardees, Trustees and Staff “Requesting urgent investigations into the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone and actions to ensure his safety.”(19 December 2012)

Concerned Parties-01: Letter to Prime Minister’s office from 55 organisations and individuals,  requesting investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone. (19 December 2012)

Thai NGOs: Letter from 64 Thai organisations to request urgent investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone. (18 December 2012)