Laos People's Democratic Republic
Enforced disappearances, severe restrictions on the freedom of speech, association, and assembly, have been a source of continued concern for civil society organizations in the region. Groups have undertaken several campaigns, focusing on the issue of enforced disappearances of prominent human rights activists calling for impartial investigations and accountability for perpetrators.
The Coalition’s members on the ground and throughout the region, continue to conduct campaigns and awareness-raising activities on the local front as well as on the ASEAN platform to encourage Lao to enact necessary domestic implementing legislation and to garner the necessary political will on all fronts to advance Lao’s progress towards ratification. Civil society also works with Lao’s economic and development partners to ensure that respect for human rights remains a top priority in partnership agreements.