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UN rights experts urge Laos to step up missing activist probe

Published on Dec 17, 2013 1:41 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - United Nations (UN) human rights experts demanded on Monday that Laos do more to reveal the fate of a prominent activist who went missing a year ago, warning his disappearance could have a "chilling effect".

Mr Sombath Somphone, 62, went missing on December 15, 2012, when he was seen being led away by police in Vientiane after his car was stopped at a checkpoint.

CCTV images later emerged appearing to show him being driven away with two unidentified people.

"We are deeply concerned about his safety and security," the UN working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances said in a statement.

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