Foreign Prisoner Support Services actively participates in the promotion
of world-wide campaigns for the preservation of human rights, as articulated
in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We would like to acknowledge the Lao Government's recent decision to release
two former prisoners of conscience, Feng Sakchittaphong and Latsami Khamphoui.
The pair were released from prison in October this year having served a 14-year
sentence for charges including "making preparations for rebellion" and "propaganda
against the Lao People's Democratic Republic".
Thongsouk Saysangkhi |
All three men were former high-ranking government officials arrested in
October 1990 for writing letters advocating peaceful political and economic
change in Laos. Feng had held a high-ranking position in the Ministry of Justice;
Latsami was a Vice Minister of Economics and Planning; and Thongsouk, Vice-Minister of
Science and Technology. Sadly, Thongsouk Saysangkhi died in prison in 1998 aged 59.
The three men were tried in a closed court in November 1992 on various charges including "making preparations for rebellion", "propaganda against the Lao People's Democratic Republic" and "libel and slander".
After their trials, they were transferred to Prison Camp 7 where, according to former prisoners, the conditions are severe, inhumane and cruel.
Foreign Prisoner Support Services hopes that by the release of these two prisoners of conscience, the Lao Government will be encouraged to address the human and legal rights of other prisoners currently detained in Laos awaiting trial.
Somkhe Prison is a domestic jail located 3 km from the City of Vientiane via Nong Niang Village and beyond the statue of General Kaison Pomvihan. Prisoners detained in Somkhe Prison are categorized by Lao authorities as "the most serious political cases". They are held without charge, trial or sentencing.
Maintaining an accurate list of prisoners in any Lao Prison is extremely difficult because the Lao authorities do not yet permit International monitoring of their detention centres. However, from time to time, advocates of Foreign Prisoner Support Services are able to access information about the prisons and persons detained there from reliable Government and non-Government sources. We are not able to reveal their names publicly in respect to their request to remain anonymous.
Foreign Prisoner Support Services invites the Lao Government to investigate the cases below. All of which are prisoners transferred in November 2001 from Phonthong Prison [the Foreigner's Jail] to Somkhe Prison. All are currently awaiting court sentencing.
|1 || Ouday Vilaysuk ||Lao Male ||detained 7 May 1984 |
|2 || Noi Chanthi In-Atkham || Lao-Thai female ||detained 18 Mar 1990 |
|3 ||Bounmy Phong Xiong ||Lao/Hmong male ||detained 27 Sep 1992 |
|4 || Norneng Sae Yang ||Lao-Hmong male ||detained 24 Jan 1996 |
|5 || Kaiseng Thammalat ||Lao male ||detained -1994 |
|6 || Sen Xiong Yang ||Lao-Hmong male ||detained 28 Oct 1994 |
|7 || Xienthi Inthachak ||Lao male ||detained 6 Sep 1996 |
|8 || Bounchan Chanthavong ||Lao male ||detained 5 Sep 1995 |
|9 ||Suthep Saisin ||Lao-Thai male ||detained 12 Jan 1995 |
|10 ||Bunlieng Phinmalai ||Lao male ||detained 24 Dec 1996 |
|11 ||Bunlam Douangchanthongthip ||Lao male ||detained 25 Dec 1996 |
|12 ||Khamkhueng Keoduangphen ||Lao male ||detained 24 Dec 1996 |
|13 ||Boualai Nouantavong ||Lao male ||detained 24 Dec 1996 |
|14 ||Dam Khundala ||Lao male ||detained 24 Dec 1996 |
|15 ||Chanthorn Keomani ||Lao male ||detained 24 Dec 1996 |
|16 ||Dom Phongmani ||Lao male ||detained 24 Dec 1996 |