May 3, 2023

Laos activist Anousa Luangsuphom killed in 'brazen' public shooting

A well-known critic of the Laos government has been shot dead in a late-night attack in the capital. The young activist had been "One of the few people in Laos who regularly and openly expressed views that were critical of the government", Human Rights Watch said. "(This) sends a spine-chilling message that no one in Laos who criticises the government is safe," said the group's Asia director Elaine Pearson. HRW says Lao authorities have often not responded adequately to attacks against government critics, human rights defenders, and political activists. HRW also cited the case of Od Sayavong, a Lao activist living in Bangkok, who has been missing since August 2019.

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