Amnesty International is appealing to the authorities in Laos to launch a fresh inquiry into the disappearance of a widely respected civil society leader in the South East Asian country. Sombath Somphone, aged 63, has not been seen or heard from since 15 December 2012, when he was stopped and then taken away from a police checkpoint in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Amnesty says that the Lao authorities’ investigation into his disappearance has been inadequate.

“Sombath Somphone has played an important role in supporting the development of civil society in Laos,” an Amnesty report into the case ...


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