One Year after the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone


    December 15, 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of Sombath’s disappearance. Sombath was last seen on the evening of December 15, 2012 in Vientiane. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed that police stopped Sombath’s car at a police post. Within minutes after being stopped, unknown individuals forced him into another vehicle and drove away. Analysis of the CCTV footage shows that Sombath was taken away in the presence of police officers. This fact supports a finding of government complicity.

    Civil Society Organizations initiate various campaigns on the one year of enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone.

    Below is a list of press releases and statements issued in relation for campaign on the one year of Sombath’s disapperance:

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    • To campaign to the widest public that the Government of Lao PDR to release and return Sombath Somphone safely

    Target Institution

    • Government of Lao PDR

    Organisation/s Involved