Book review of "Silencing of a Laotian son: the life, work, and enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone" by Ng Shui Meng. Bangkok, Thailand, Spirit in Education Movement & INEB, 2022. ISBN: 978-616-8209-51-6

Sims, Kearrin (2022) Book review of "Silencing of a Laotian son: the life, work, and enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone" by Ng Shui Meng. Bangkok, Thailand, Spirit in Education Movement & INEB, 2022. ISBN: 978-616-8209-51-6. Asian Studies Review. (In Press)

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[Extract] On 15 December 2012, Sombath Somphone was abducted at a police checkpoint in the Lao capital of Vientiane. The victim of an enforced disappearance, his whereabouts remains unknown. In Silencing of a Laotian Son, Ng Shui Meng provides a moving memoir of Sombath’s life, work and disappearance. Beginning by detailing the circumstances of his abduction, the book then shifts back to Sombath’s childhood to provide a chronological biography that charts his life experiences across Laos, the United States and Singapore. Later chapters discuss many of the efforts that have been made to locate Sombath since 2012, as well as the unrelenting stonewalling of these efforts by the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP).

Item ID: 73126
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1467-8403
Keywords: Laos; enforced disappearance; Sombath Somphone
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 03:28
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440404 Political economy and social change @ 100%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230401 Civil justice @ 100%
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