Laos: After 10 years, civil society worldwide is still asking: “Where is Sombath?”

Sombath Somphone during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on August 2005. Photo: EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA 13 December 2022 Ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned civil society organizations and individuals, renew calls on the Lao government to determine his fate and whereabouts […]

Women Human Rights Defenders in Thailand Advocate for Care Income Amendment

On 29 November at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), the Women Human Rights Defenders Collective in Thailand organised an event to mark the 2022 International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Day with the presence of representatives from various networks. It was a space for discussion about the importance and value of work contributed […]

Thai Civil Case on Disinformation and Smear Campaigns Against WHRDs Rescheduled

On 10 and 11 May 2022, the Bangkok Civil Court held the first hearing for the case that human rights defenders Angkhana Neelapaijit and Anchana Heemina filed against Thailand’s Office of the Prime Minister and the Royal Army. During the witness examination, Neelapaijit and several other witnesses gave evidence to prove that government officials have […]

PI Signs Joint Letter to US President on Thailand’s Abusive Draft Law on Not-For-Profit Organisations

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The White House Washington, DC Re: Thailand’s abusive draft law on not-for-profit organizations Dear President Biden, We, the undersigned non-profit organizations, are writing to express our serious concerns regarding Thailand’s Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organizations, which the Thai Cabinet approved in principle on January 4, 2022. Passage […]

Interview with HRD Sukhgerel Dugersuren

Interview wi€th Sukhgerel Dugersuren Human Rights Defender & Director of OT Watch Mongolia In April 2021, the Mongolian Parliament adopted a new law for human rights defenders, making it the first country in Asia to provide a framework of protection for those who speak out against human rights violations and advocate for change. The law […]

IWD2022: Interview with Pranom Somwong

Pranom Somwong, is Protection International’s country representative in Thailand.

International Women’s Day Interview with Pranom Somwong In November 2021, we asked some of the women human rights defenders working for Protection International (PI) about their experiences, passions and visions for a better future. Now, to mark International Women’s Day (8 March) and to celebrate the extraordinary work of women we translated our interviews with […]

Attempted Murder Conviction of High-Profile HRD Case is Shockingly Overturned

Attempted Murder Conviction of High-Profile HRD Case is Shockingly Overturned Impunity Reigns as the Overall Security of Land Rights Defenders in Thailand is Further Undermined The Wiang Sra Provincial Court of Surat Thani in Thailand just issued its verdict from the Region 8 Court of Appeals, acquitting the suspect in the attempted murder case against […]

Peaceful protest is not a crime, release the 13 LUCHA human rights defenders detained in Beni, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT Peaceful protest is not a crime, release the 13 LUCHA human rights defenders detained in Beni, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. [Goma (RD Congo)] 21 January 2022.- We, the 35 signatory organizations, urge the Congolese authorities to release the 13 human rights defenders (HRDs) of LUCHA, arbitrarily detained in the […]