Sombath Somphone

Sombath Somphone

Sombath Somphone

Community Development and Human Rights in Laos

Sombath Somphone is the founder and executive director of the Participatory Development Training Centre (PADETC), which trains young people in order to promote sustainable development. For his community development work he was awarded one of Asia's most prestigious civil awards, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, in 2005.

Front Line Defenders has issued urgent appeals and news items about Sombath Somphone

13 December 2013 - Joint Statement- "Sombath Somphone one year on: 62 NGOs call for a new investigation into his enforced disappearance"

29 October 2013 - International NGOs call on EU delegation to demand full investigation into disappearance of Sombath Somphone

18 January 2013 - Joint Letter Regarding the Disappearance of Laotian Human Rights Defender Sombath Somphone

20 December 2012- Alleged enforced disappearance of human rights defender Mr Sombath Somphone