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Activists slam Asean's lack of commitment to human rights

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The governments of Laos and Thailand were accused of lack of sincerity in implementing the Asean Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) at a roundtable discussion on "What Does Sombath Somphone's Abduction Signal to Asean?" in Bangkok on Wednesday. 

Niran Pitakwatchara, a human rights commissioner, said the Thai government should encourage discussion within the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

"The region has just adopted the Asean Human Rights Declaration aimed to promote and protect rights of the people. The AICHR has also been working for three years now. Hence the forced disappearance of outstanding human rights defender Sombath in Laos should be of great concern for not only Laos but for Asean as well," said Dr Niran.

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