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#JusticeForJack: Shot, but Not Silenced



[1] Manushya Foundation, News Release: #JusticeForJack: Attempted Murder of Lao Youth Democracy Activist Demands Independent Investigation, (02 May 2023), available at:, Vientiane Rescue 1624 Facebook Page, Public post reporting Jack’s rescue by Vientiane Rescue 1624, (30 April 2023), available at:; See also Facebook, LaophattanaNews Facebook Page, Public post reporting about the shooting of Jack, (30 April 2023), available at:; Facebook, LaophatannaNews Facebook Page, Public video of CCTV camera footage recording Jack’s shooting, (1 May 2023), available at:; Facebook, Power of the Keyboard Facebook Page (ຂັບເຄື່ອນດ້ວຍຄີບອດ), Public post announcing the death of Jack Anousa,(1 May 2023), available at:

[2] Manushya Foundation, News Update: Jack is Alive! #JusticeForJack, (04 May 2023), available at:, Laotian Times, “Shooting Victim “Jack” Anousa Survives Attack by Unknown Assailant”, (4 May 2023), available at:

Radio Free Asia, “Lao activist who was shot over weekend still alive, Human Rights Watch says”, (4 May 2023), available at:, BBC, “Laos activist Anousa Luangsuphom survived cafe shooting, rights group says”, (4 May 2023), available at:, RFA, “Lao activist who was shot over weekend still alive, Human Rights Watch says”, (4 May 2023), available at:, Bangkok Post, “Shot Lao activist confirmed to be still alive”, (4 May 2023), available at:

Wionews, “Laos: 25-year-old government critic escapes assassination attempt, leaves nation for medical care”, (12 May 2023) available at:

Globe Echo News, “In Laos, The Shock After The Attack Against A Blogger Critical Of The Government” (4 May 2023), available at:

[3] Laotian Times, “Vientiane Police Issue Statement On Shooting of 25-Year-Old “Jack””, (5 May 2023), available at:

[5] Information was obtained through a private conversation with Jack and his family on one hand

[7] OHCHR, Thailand/Lao PDR: UN experts concerned by disappearance of Lao human rights defender, (1 October 2019), available at:; See also US Department of State, 2022 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Laos, available at:; Bochen Han, “Case Study: Thailand,” in Yana Gorokhovskaia and Isabel Linzer, Defending Democracy in Exile: Policy Responses to Transnational Repression, (Washington, DC: Freedom House, June 2022),; CIVICUS Monitor, ‘Closed’ civic space shows Laos not taking annual human rights dialogues seriously, (18 July 2022), available at:; Manushya Foundation, Lao PDR’s ruthless crackdown on critics strips Lao human rights defenders from basic human, (29 September 2022), available at:; Freedom House, Freedom of the World 2023 - Laos, (2023), available at:, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Laos, (2023), available at:;

[8] Facebook, Public post denouncing and describing the shooting, @JosephAkaravong (2 May 2023), available at:;


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