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#FreeMuay: Lao #WHRD Muay is being unfairly jailed in Laos since she denounced the govt's corruption

#FreeMuay ⚖️ Lao Woman Human Rights Defender Muay is being unfairly jailed in Laos since September 2019 partly because she denounced the Lao government’s rampant corruption.

🏫 To address the issue of the buying and selling of degrees, Muay wanted to build a school that would promote a fair and equal education.

📍To this end, she organized various fundraising activities: she sold t-shirts with the message “I don’t want to buy government positions” and organized a charity concert in Savannakhet on 15 October 2018, with local performers and attended by thousands of people.

🚨Sadly, the police quickly shut the concert down and arrested people wearing the t-shirts, and ultimately denied to Muay and everyone participating in the concert their freedom of assembly and association.

#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings

✊ Manushya firmly condemns the Lao government’s routine violations of the rights to freedom of assembly and association. Laos must uphold its international rights commitments and effectively guarantee the right to freedom of assembly and association to its people! Manushya Foundation will always stand in solidarity with Muay and call for her immediate release and the drop of all charges against her !

🔗 Learn more about Muay’s human rights work and story, and Manushya’s efforts to release her:

👉 Donate to Muay's family as Muay was the main breadwinner for her daughter and retired parents by clicking here:

👉 Sign our CHANGE.ORG PETITION: to #FreeMuay from jail in Laos!

👉 Share this post with your network and denounce the injustice!

👉 Use #FreeMuay to join the campaign and express your support for her. There is power in numbers!

While you are here...

➡️ Find out more about Manushya Foundation’s our campaign to #FreeMuay from jail:

➡️ Find out more about Manushya Foundation’s previous work on Laos:

  • News release: Nam Theun 1 Dam: Responsible Govts & Companies Must Ensure Safety of Communities living nearby!, 22 August 2022;

  • Manushya’s Foundation UPR Factsheet to inform Lao PDR’s Third UPR: Overview of the Human Rights Situation in Lao PDR - Legal Framework, Challenges, Case Studies & Community-led UPR Recommendations, January 2020;

  • Joint Statement: One year after Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam collapse, civil society from Korea and the Mekong call for immediate accountability and redress, 23 July 2019;

  • Joint Submission with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Lao PDR Third UPR Cycle, 21 July 2019;

  • Manushya Foundation's Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on the situation in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), March 2019;

  • Statement of the Thai Business & Human Rights Network on the Lao Dam Collapse, 20 August 2018;

  • News release: Laos must undertake transparent and independent investigation to ensure effective remedies for the victims of the am collapse – and Thailand should also bear responsibility, 20 August 2018.


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