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Laotian government pressures activists not to raise human rights issue at ASEAN meeting
Laotian NGOs planning to attend the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum are the target of government threats. Many of these have been scared off and will not participate. The Sombath case is still wrapped in silence after the activist disappeared more than two years ago.
06/09/2016 20:16:00 LAOS - ASEAN - UNITED STATES
Vientiane summit opens amid diplomatic incidents and controversies
ASEAN’s annual meeting brings together its ten members plus China, South Korea, Japan and the United States. Trade, South China Sea and human rights are on the table. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte insults Obama a day before the summit. US president cancels meeting with his Filipino counterpart.
01/12/2004 ASEAN - LAOS
China, India, Japan and agreements with ASEAN
The meeting in Vientiane closes with many promises and trade agreeemeents for the future. Nearly no space at all was devoted to human rights issues in the region.
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ASEAN agrees on Human Rights body
The body will be instituted in the regional charter which member nations are due to sign in November. The 10 foreign ministers ask Myanmar for greater democracy and freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi.
Asean: in search of common ground on Human Rights
The 10 countries of the coalition are meeting this week in Philippines. The creation of a competent organism which denounces Human rights violations is at the heart of talks, but regional dictatorships oppose the principal of “non interference”.
Arbitrary arrests, threats, kidnappings: the new anti-Christian persecution
Wave of persecution against Protestants in particular, accused of being a "threat" to the government because they adhere to foreign faiths. Children denied school and families denied water, believers treated like pariahs and chased from the village. Among the causes, the economic support of authoritarian states.
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