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Karma Tsewang was detained on 6 December on suspicion of endangering state security. Sixteen of his supporters were detained as well. They have no access to lawyers and are at risk of torture.
Veteran activist Zhang Lin faces a possible five year prison sentence. He was detained for peacefully defending his daughter’s right to education. Zhang Lin has several health problems.
The failure of the Lao authorities to thoroughly investigate the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone has increased fears for his fate and well-being.