COMPLAINT TO THE UNITED NATIONS ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS FACED BY MS. HOUAYHEUANG XAYABOULY (MUAY),
LAO WOMAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER
30 MARCH 2020
On 30 March 2020, Manushya Foundation and Humanity Beyond Borders sent a joint submission to UN Special Rapporteurs and other relevant Special Procedures Mandates, regarding human rights violations faced by woman human rights defender, Ms. Houayheuang Xayabouly, imprisoned in Champasak Provincial Jail, Lao PDR and calling for urgent action for her protection.
Prominent environmental activist and human rights defender Ms. Houayheuang Xayabouly also known as Ms. “Muay” is currently imprisoned, facing a prison sentence of 5-years and a fine of 20 million Kip, after a pre-trial detention and a summary trial where due process and fair trial standards were not complied with at all. Ms. Muay was made an example of by the government of Lao PDR and faces the maximum sentence under Article 117 of the Criminal Code on charges of criminal defamation and propaganda against Lao People’s Democratic Republic. These charges were filed against Ms. Muay solely because of her contribution to ensure the protection and respect for the rights of the Lao people, by highlighting the harm caused to them as a result of development projects, business activities and corruption while calling for redressal against the harm caused.