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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2012
E-010855-12
Question for written answer E-010855-12
to the Commission
Rule 117
Jan Philipp Albrecht (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Imprisonment of Thongpaseuth Keuakoun, Seng-Aloun Phengphanh and Bouavanh Chanmanivong in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
 Answer in writing 

Thongpaseuth Keuakoun, Seng-Aloun Phengphanh and Bouavanh Chanmanivong, three key figures in the student movement for democracy in Laos, have been held in prison for over 13 years for organising a peaceful demonstration in Vientiane (Laos). In its answer to Written Question E-007545/2011, the Commission said that Seng-Aloun Phengphanh and Bouavanh Chanhmanivong were due to be released in 2012. This has not happened so far.

— Is there any information on the whereabouts of the three prisoners and their state of health?

— Did the Commission discuss with the Lao authorities the current and future situation of these Laotian prisoners during the ASEM meeting on 5 to 6 November 2012? If so, what was the outcome?

— How does the Commission plan to campaign for the release of these three prisoners in the future?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 317 E, 31/10/2013
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