Lao human rights activist Sombath Somphone disappears
15 December is the first anniversary of the disappearance/abduction of Lao human rights activist Sombath Somphone
10th December 2013
15 December 2013 First Anniversary: Lest we forget the dangers and risks that individuals run when working on issues that touch on the interests of the powerful in Southeast Asia: 15 December is the anniversary of the disappearance/abduction of Lao human rights activist Sombath Somphone (http://sombath.org).
Somphone founded the Participatory Development Training Centre PADETC in Laos in 1997. He is internationally respected for standing against authoritarianism, and had won the Ramon Magsaysay Award honoring greatness of spirit and transformative leadership, one of the most prestigious awards for human development in Asia. Somphone’s condition and whereabouts remain unknown.