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Laos: On fourth anniversary of enforced disappearance, civil society demands to know: “Where is Sombath Somphone?”
15 December 2016 1:19 pm

Bangkok, 15 December 2016: On the fourth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Lao PDR government’s ongoing failure to adequately investigate Sombath’s disappearance. We urge the authorities to act to conduct an effective investigation with a view to determining his fate or [ Read more ]

HRC32 Oral Statement – Thematic Report by the High Commissioner, General Debate
22 June 2016 11:14 am

32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Thematic reports by the High Commissioner – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 21 June 2016 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the High Commissioner’s practical recommendations for the creation and [ Read more ]

Three years since disappearance of Sombath, Laos fails to initiate credible investigations
15 December 2015 7:00 pm

(Bangkok, 15 December 2015) – ‘Three years since the disappearance of leading Lao civil society activist Sombath Somphone, authorities in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic have failed to initiate a credible investigation to determine his whereabouts and the truth around his enforced disappearance,’ the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today. Sombath [ Read more ]

Laos: 1,000 days on, Sombath’s Enforced Disappearance Remains a Clear Dereliction of the Government’s International Obligations
11 September 2015 2:55 pm

11 September 2015 – Joint Statement Today marks 1,000 days since prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone “disappeared” at a police checkpoint on a busy street in Vientiane. We, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our call for the Lao government to intensify its efforts to conduct a prompt, impartial, and effective investigation into Sombath’s apparent [ Read more ]

Oral Statement – HRC29: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Lao People’s Democratic Republic
25 June 2015 3:11 pm

29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Lao People’s Democratic Republic Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 25 June 2015 Thank you, Mr. President. We welcome recommendations made to the Lao [ Read more ]

Sombath Somphone Receives the 2015 Gwangju Special Award for Human Rights
22 May 2015 11:06 am

By Marte Hellema ‘I stand before you humble and a little sad that it is I who is here to receive this Special Award for Human Rights’, said Shui Meng Ng, wife of Sombath Somphone upon accepting the 2015 Gwangju Special Award for Human Rights in Gwangju, South Korea last Monday on the 18th May. [ Read more ]

Rights groups call for an end to enforced disappearances in ASEAN
30 August 2014 4:58 pm

30 August 2014 Today, on the occasion of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we, the undersigned organizations, urge ASEAN member states to end acts of enforced disappearances in Southeast Asia. Cases of enforced disappearances continue to occur in the region. Victims include human rights defenders as well as ordinary citizens. Enforced disappearances [ Read more ]

Stakeholders’ Submission – Universal Periodic Review Second Cycle – Lao PDR
20 June 2014 12:11 pm

Joint Submission by: Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) International Organising Committee of the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF-IOC) Submitted on 15 June 2014 This stakeholders’ information is jointly submitted by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the International Organising Committee of the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF-IOC) for the second [ Read more ]

Accountability and Justice Denied: End Cover-Ups in “Disappearances” of Human Rights Defenders
13 June 2014 7:18 pm

(Bangkok, 13 June 2014) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with 47 member organisations from 16 countries across Asia, calls on the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and ASEAN governments to take firm action against disappearance cases of human rights defenders in the region [ Read more ]

Laos: Five Months On, Demand for Accountability and Action in Sombath Somphone’s Disappearance Intensifies
15 May 2013 2:27 pm

Bangkok/Manila/Jakarta (15 May 2013) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Focus on the Global South, The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) reiterated their call on the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and ASEAN governments to break the [ Read more ]