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#FreeMuay: Would you accept to be governed by corrupt people who bribed their way to their position?

#FreeMuay ⚖️ Muay is a courageous Woman Human Rights Defender who speaks Truth to Power. In May 2018, she denounced on her personal Facebook the buying and selling of government positions.

🚩 She used the example of her brother, who fell victim to this scheme and paid a 1 million kip bribe ($100) to be appointed as a police officer. In the end, he never got the job and wasn’t returned the money: he was scammed, as is the case for many others.

📣 Muay also stressed on the need to put an end to the poor education system in Lao PDR that encourages this systemic corruption through the buying and selling of degrees.

🚨 In response to Muay’s criticism, the government pressured her employer to dismiss her in June 2018. Nevertheless, she didn’t let herself be intimidated and continued to denounce government corruption.

#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings

✊ We strongly condemn the Lao government’s complacency and encouragement of corruption practices. Instead, Lao PDR must implement a fair education system and just recruitment process, in line with its international human rights obligations and human rights standards. We remain in complete solidarity with Muay and urge the Lao government to immediately release her and drop 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 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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