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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 ]

Laos: Open letter – Follow-up on request for AICHR to ensure the safety and wellbeing of disappeared development worker, Mr. Sombath Somphone
1 February 2013 12:08 pm

Your Excellency, We refer to our letter, “Request for AICHR to ensure the safety and wellbeing of disappeared development worker, Mr. Sombath Somphone”, dated 4 January 2013. We wish to inquire if AICHR has taken any actions or if there are any immediate plans to do so on this case. We are deeply concerned that [ Read more ]

Laos: Joint Open Letter by 65 NGOs to Lao Prime Minister on the “Disappearance” of Sombath Somphone
17 January 2013 2:58 pm

We, 65 national, regional and international human rights organizations, express very grave concern over the lack of progress and information regarding investigations into the fate and whereabouts of Mr. Sombath Somphone. He has been missing for over three weeks and to date, the investigations on in this respect appear to be lacking or ineffective. Our [ Read more ]

Laos: Open Letter – Request for AICHR to ensure the safety and wellbeing of disappeared development worker, Mr. Sombath Somphone
4 January 2013 11:56 am

Your Excellency, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights organization representing 47 non-governmental organizations across 16 countries in Asia, writes to you to express gravest concern on the disappearance of a prominent education and development worker in Laos, Mr. Sombath Somphone. He has been missing since 15 December 2012 and [ Read more ]

Laos: Joint letter on the expulsion of Helvetas Laos Country Director, Ms Anne-Sophie Gindroz
24 December 2012 7:17 pm

We, the undersigned national, regional and international human rights organizations, write to convey our deep concern in reaction to the news stories of the expulsion of Helvetas Laos Country Director, Ms Anne-Sophie Gindroz, for a personal letter that she wrote to the development partners of the Lao PDR ahead of the Round Table Implementation Meeting [ Read more ]

Laos: Asian-European CSO request for urgent investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone
23 December 2012 5:26 pm

We the undersigned civil society organizations in Asia and Europe are disturbed by the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone, who was the co-chair of the Lao National Organizing Committee of the Ninth Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF9) that was successfully held in Vientiane last October. We are requesting for an immediate and thorough investigation into his [ Read more ]