Laos

15 Dec 2016
The Lao government has made no progress accounting for civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who was forcibly disappeared on December 15, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. Four years after he was stopped at a police checkpoint in the capital, Vientiane, the government needs to provide information on his fate or whereabouts.
28 Aug 2013
The 3rd Parliamentary Delegation to visit Lao PDR during 25-7 August over the enforced disappearance last December of noted activist Sombath Somphone reported in a press conference at the FCCT that there was no new information, with the official investigation going nowhere and the Lao government still in denial.
19 Dec 2012
Today, 61 Thai Civil Society groups send an emergency letter to top officials in Vientiane, Lao PDR to request an emergency investigation on the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone, a high-profile Lao citizen, who has reportedly been missing since approximately 5 pm on Saturday, December 15 in Vientiane.
12 Dec 2012
Bangkok, 11 December - The Lao People's Democratic Republic on Friday expelled an expatriate development worker for criticizing the government in a letter to donors.
28 Feb 2012
Geneva-Paris-Bangkok, 27 February 2012 - Although Laos has become a State party to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) since 1974, ethnic minority groups in the country continue to face discrimination and their basic rights and freedoms are subject to a range of limitations that are incompatible with Laos’ obligations under international law, said the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member league the Lao Movement for Human Rights (MLDH).
22 Dec 2011
(New York, December 22, 2011) – Authorities in Thailand forcibly handed over a registered refugee, Ka Yang, and his family to Laotian officials at the Thai-Lao border in Ubon Ratchathani province on December 17, 2011. The move violates international law, Human Rights Watch said today.
24 Jan 2010
The massacre of 31 journalists in Maguindanao, the Philippines, on 23 November 2009, most graphically illustrates the violence and impunity that threaten journalists not only in the Philippines, but throughout the region.

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