Motion for the release of human rights activists in Laos, submitted by the Lao Movement for Human Rights


39th Congress of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty
 
On the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party continues to rule the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR). The single party in LPDR has not ceased to shows absolute intransigence over  political openness and freedom of speech, assembly and demonstration; it constantly resorts to intimidation, arbitrary arrests, imprisonments and threats in order to silence citizens, civil society, human rights activists, and ethnic and religious minorities.
Thongpaseuth KEUAKOUN, Sengaloun PHENGPHANH, Bouavanh CHANMANIVONG, Khamphouvieng SISA-AT and KEOCHAY have been imprisoned for over 12 years for trying to organise a peaceful demonstration in October 1999 in favour of social justice and the respect of human rights (in 2001 their companion Khamphouvieng SISA-AT died under torture in prison). According to the information received a few days ago, Thongpaseuth KEUAKOUN is reported to be severely sick.
On 2 November 2009, the LPDR Government simultaneously imprisoned over 300 people in different areas of the country while they were going to Vientiane to peacefully ask for justice and the respect of their fundamental rights. At present, at least 9 people are still kept in prison: Mrs Kingkèo, Mr Soubinh, Mr Souane, Mr Sinpasong and Khamsone arrested in Phon Hong, Mr. Nou arrested in Pakkading, Miss Somchit, Mr Somkhit and Mr Sourigna, arrested in Vientiane .
The Lao Government denies that any arrest or attempt of demonstration occurred in November 2009, just as it denied it had arrested the demonstrators of the students’ movement in October 1999.
There is no news about Thao Moua and Pa Fue Khang, two men belonging to the Hmong ethnic group, arrested in 2003 for having served as guides for two European journalists.
The Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) invites the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty to use all possible means at the Italian Parliament, the European Parliament and before any international decision-making bodies to free Thongpaseuth KEUAKOUN, Sengaloun PHENGPHANH, Bouavanh CHANMANIVONG, Khamphouvieng SISAAT, KEOCHA Y, Soubinh, Souane, Sinpasong, Khamsone, Nou, Somkhit, Sourigna, Mme Kingkèo, Somchit as well as all political prisoners in Laos.