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Laos: Further information on Possible prisoners of conscience / Fear of ill-treatment: Thongpaseuth Keuakoun

, رقم الوثيقة: ASA 26/001/2000

Amnesty International has learned that Khamnoy Khamphilavong, who was arrested on 9 November 1999, was released from detention on or around 20 December 1999. Amnesty International believes that Thongpaseuth Keuakoun, Seng-Aloun Phengphanh, Kamphouvieng Sisaath, Bouavanh Chanhmanivong Keochay and possibly dozens of others still in detention following an attempted pro-democracy demonstration in Vientiane on 26 October, are prisoners of conscience and may be at risk of ill-treatment in detention.

PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 26/01/00
5 January 2000
Further information on UA 289/99 (ASA 26/02/99, 5 November 1999) and follow-up
(ASA 26/04/99, 23 November 1999) - Possible prisoners of conscience / Fear
of ill-treatment
LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICKhamnoy Khamphilavong (aged 70) - released
Thongpaseuth Keuakoun
Seng-Aloun Phengphanh
Kamphouvieng Sisaath
Bouavanh Chanhmanivong
Keochay, up to 100 others
Amnesty International has learned that Khamnoy Khamphilavong, who was arrested
on 9 November 1999, was released from detention on or around 20 December 1999.
Khamnoy Khamphilavong, who is the father of one of the leaders of the “Lao
Students Movement for Democracy of 26 October 1999", was apparently arrested
because the authorities were unable to locate the leader of the student group.
Amnesty International believes that those listed above, and possibly dozens
of others still in detention following an attempted pro-democracy demonstration
in Vientiane on 26 October, organized by the group, are prisoners of conscience
and may be at risk of ill-treatment in detention.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/express/airmail letters in
Lao, English, French, or in your own language:
- welcoming the release of Khamnoy Khamphilavong and asking for assurances
that his release is unconditional;
- expressing concern at the ongoing detention of Thongpaseuth Keuakoun,
Kamphouvieng Sisaath, Seng-Aloun Phengphanh, Bouavanh Chanhmanivong, Keochay
and possibly dozens of others;
- urging that they be treated in accordance with international standards and
in particular are allowed immediate access to their families, lawyers and
medical treatment;
- expressing concern that they may be prisoners of conscience detained solely
for exercising their right to freedom of expression and association, and that
they should be released immediately and unconditionally if they are not charged
with a recognisably criminal offence.
APPEALS TO:
Sisavath Keobounphanh
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
Vientiane
Laos
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Vientiane, Laos
Salutation:Your Excellency
Major General Asang Laoli
Minister of Interior
Ministry of Interior
Vientiane
Laos
Telegrams:Interior Minister, Vientiane, Laos
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Salutation:Dear Major General
COPIES TO:
Somsavat Lengsavat
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vientiane
Laos
and to diplomatic representatives of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 15 February 2000.

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