ວິທະຍຸເອເຊຍເສຣີ: (26 ກຸມພາ 2014)
ດຣ. Shui Meng Ng ກ່າວຕໍ່ສາທາຣະນະຊົນຢູ່ ມະຫາວິທະຍາໄລ ຊິດນີ ອອສເຕຣເລັຍ ວັນພຸດວັນທີ 26 ກຸມພາ 2014. RFA
ເປັນເທື່ອທຳອິດທີ່ ດຣ. Shui Meng Ng ພັລຍາຂອງ ດຣ.ສົມບັດສົມພອນ ໄດ້ເດີນທາງມາກ່າວຕໍ່ ສາທາຣະນະຊົນຢູ່ ມະຫາວິທະຍາໄລ ຊິດນີປະເທດອອສເຕຣເລັຽໃນຄືນວັນພຸດວັນທີ 26 ກຸມພາ 2014, ນັບຕັ້ງແຕ່ ດຣ. ສົມບັດໄດ້ຖືກ ຈັບ ແລະຫາຍໄປ ຕັ້ງແຕ່ຄືນວັນທີ 15 ທັນວາ 2012, ຊຶ່ງເປັນເວລາກວ່າ 1 ປີແລ້ວ.
ຈຸດປະສົງໃນການອອກມາກ່າວ ກໍເພື່ອເນັ້ນໃຫ້ຊາວໂລກຮູ້ກ່ຽວກັບວຽກງານຂອງ ດຣ. ສົມບັດຊຶ່ງບໍ່ເຄີຍ ລ່ວງລຳ້ເຂດ ອຳນາດຂອງທາງການ ລາວ ດຣ. Shui Meng Ng ເວົ້າກັບຜູ່ສື່ຂ່າວວິທຍຸເອເຊັຍເສຣີຢູ່ ນະຄອນຊິດນີ ອອສເຕຣເລັຍວ່າ:
“ສິ່ງທີ່ເພິ່ນເຮັດໂຄງການໃດກໍຕາມກໍຕ້ອງໄດ້ຮັບອະນຸຍາດ ຈາກຣັຖບານກ່ອນທຳອິດແມ່ນຂັ້ນສູນກາງ, ຕໍ່ມາກໍຂັ້ນແຂວງ, ຂັ້ນເມືອງຂັ້ນ ບ້ານ. ອີກອັນໜຶ່ງສົມມຸດວ່າລົງໄປອົບຮົມ ຊາວນາຊາວສວນຢູ່ໃນບ້ານຫລື ວ່າຊາວໜຸ່ມກໍມີບັນດາ ຣັຖບານໄປນຳເພິ່ນເນາະບໍ່ແມ່ນວ່າ ເຮັດບໍ່ໄດ້ຮັບອະນຸຍາດ. ອີກອັນໜຶ່ງ ໂຄງການໃດກໍມີການປຶກສາຫາລືກັນ ຈັ່ງຊັ້ນຈັ່ງວ່າຂ້າພະເຈົ້າບໍ່ເຂົ້າໃຈ”. Continue reading
I remember our meeting in early 2011 when we, from the International Organizing Committee of the Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF), first approached you about the possibility of PADTEC co-organizing the parallel event to the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in 2012. You listened attentively and occasionally gave a meaningful smile as we described how it was held in previous host countries. We enumerated some highlights as well as challenges that we encountered in the previous countries. We also shared that many others had expressed their apprehension about the anticipated challenges of holding it in Vientiane.
We very frankly asked you if you thought that it was possible to organize it in Vientiane without censorship and threat, or whether some participants would be barred from Laos because of their political involvement in their home countries and the type of issues that they are working on (human rights, food sovereignty, climate change , environment, etc.). I also asked if it would be better to hold it in Thailand across from Vientiane so that it would be less problematic for civil society groups in Laos. Continue reading
Asia News: 20 February 2014
Attivisti denunciano: “nel Paese vi è un governo dittatoriale e repressivo in tema di libertà individuali e diritti civili”. La sparizione di Sombath Somphone un monito per tutti gli attivisti e oppositori al regime. Un laotiano conferma: non si può discutere di politica o criticare il partito comunista al potere. Anche la religione sotto lo stretto controllo dello Stato.
Vientiane (AsiaNews) – Il partito unico comunista al potere a Vientiane perpetra “gravi” violazioni ai diritti umani, che il più delle volte passano sotto silenzio a causa del controllo strettissimo del governo sulla stampa e le associazioni attiviste. È quanto denunciano gruppi pro-diritti umani all’indomani della pubblicazione di un rapporto secondo cui il Laos è “lo Stato più repressivo” di tutta la regione del Sud-est asiatico. Fin dalla scomparsa dell’attivista e figura di primo piano della società civile Sombath Somphone, fermato il 15 dicembre 2012 a un check-point della polizia, il Paese è finito nel mirino dei movimenti internazionali che si battono per i diritti umani. Una sparizione dietro la quale vi sarebbero agenzie governative o membri legati ai poteri dello Stato.
In un’intervista a Radio Free Asia (Rfa) Phil Robertson, vice-direttore per l’Asia di Human Rights Watch (Hrw), sottolinea che “la situazione in Laos è molto seria”, perché il governo di Vientiane “usa il suo potere [...] per controllare le posizioni politiche nel Paese, in un modo che viola chiaramente diversi trattati internazionali sui diritti umani”. Egli parla di esecutivo “dittatoriale” e “repressivo” in tema di libertà individuali e civili. Continue reading
Radio Free Asia: 19 February 2014
Rice farmers blocking a bulldozer from entering their land in a screen grab from an RFA video, Jan. 17, 2014. RFA
The one-party Communist government of Laos is committing “serious” human rights abuses which go largely unreported due to tight political controls, rights groups say, following a report that the country has become the most repressive state in the region.
Laos has been under sharper focus by rights groups since popular civil society leader Sombath Somphone vanished after being stopped in his vehicle at a police checkpoint in the capital Vientiane on Dec. 15, 2012.
The rights groups say there have been many abuses apart from the case of Sombath, who they suspect may have been abducted by government-linked organizations
“The situation in Laos is very serious,” Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia division of New York-based Human Rights Watch, told RFA’s Lao Service.
“The Lao government uses its power as a one-party state to effectively control political expression in the country in a way that clearly violates various international human rights treaties.”
“It is still a very dictatorial, rights-repressing government,” Robertson said. Continue reading
I’m sitting writing this letter in Common Ground Cafe in Vientiane, where we have often sat together and talked about happiness. When I last left Laos at the end of October 2012 we had just finished making Happy Laos and the AEPF had been and gone. In my last week in Vientiane I thought many times about calling you to arrange to meet and say goodbye but thought that you were probably exhausted and needed some time to yourself, so instead I wrote you an email saying thank you for all your support while I was living in Laos. Now I regret not making that call.
I’m back in Laos after 14 months for a very short visit. It feels like everything and nothing has changed. I feel as if, since your disappearance, all the earth under my feet has shifted by a few degrees - not enough to be constantly noticeable but enough to frequently trip me up. I am so sad not to see you here but I see your inspiration all around me, especially in the many young people that I know who are directly or indirectly connected to PADETC. Continue reading
Asia Times: 12 February 2014
By Shui Meng Ng
Thirteen months after the forced disappearance of civil society activist Sombath Somphone, the European Parliament issued a second resolution calling on the Lao government to “clarify the state of the investigation”, “to answer the many outstanding questions around [his] disappearance”, and “to seek and accept assistance from foreign forensic and law enforcement experts”.
The European Parliament reiterated its concern that ”the lack of reaction by the Lao government raises suspicions that the authorities could be involved in his abduction”. This second resolution was preceded by countless other private and public appeals from governments and their representatives around world.
Statements from international organizations, development agencies, civil society groups, and academics have also urged Lao authorities to find Sombath and return him safely to his family. Scores of reports and editorials by major international and regional news networks have added to the global chorus calling for accountability.
These myriad efforts, however, have so far failed to yield results. There is still no information of Sombath’s whereabouts, or any substantive details on the progress of the official investigation into his disappearance. Continue reading