His Majesty, Bhumibol Adulayadej, The King of Thailand Asked to Save Laos, Hmong Refugees as SEA Games Crisis Widens

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009-11-17 05:53:33 - With the upcoming Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games) approaching , recent appeals, have again been made to His Majesty, Bhumibol Adulayadej, the King of Thailand, from Washington, D.C., for his compassionate help and assistance to save over 5,000 Lao Hmong political refugees from being forcibly returned to Laos. The SEA Games have already been overshadowed by mass arrests and military intervention by Lao army and secret police units in Vientiane and elsewhere in Laos who, along with special units of the Vietnam Peoples Army (VPA), have arrested or imprisoned over 1100 Laotians this month, including students, political and religious dissidents, activists and ordinary Laotian and Hmong citizens. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit and Army General Anupong have mobilized over 300 new troops to seek to force the refugees to volunteer to return to Laos this month.

Ban Huay Nam Khao, Thailand, Vientiane, Laos, Washington, D.C., November 17, 2009

Ban Huay Nam Khao, Thailand, Vientiane, Laos, Washington, D.C., November 17, 2009

Royal Thailand Army Chief-of-Staff General Anupong Paochinda as well as Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Minister of Interior (MOI) Chavarat Charnvirakulhave have mobilized over 320 heavily-armed troops in the Lao Hmong refugee camp at Ban Huay Nam Khao, Thailand, and are reportedly preparing for the potential mass
forced repatriation of the refugees prior to the start of the Southeast Asia Games ( SEA Games ) in Laos. The upcoming SEA Games have been overshadowed by mass arrests and the intervention by the Lao army and secret police in Vientiane and elsewhere in Laos who, along with special units of the Vietnam Peoples Army (VPA), have detained or imprisoned over 1100 Laotians this month.

In recent months, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) has again intervened in Laos with more military and security forces, boosting troop levels and military operations and attacks, to seek to prop up the faltering Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (LPDR) regime that has been besieged by internal opposition to its communist politburo and one-party military rule.
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U.S. President Barack Obama has been urged to address the current Laos, Hmong refugee crisis during his current trip to Southeast Asia.
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"Lao Hmong refugees in the refugee camp at Huay Nam Khao have been told by Thai military officials and soldier that they must volunteer to return to Laos or face mass forced repatriation between November 17-30, 2009," said Vaughn Vang of the Lao Hmong Human Rights Council, Inc. (LHHRC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Vang stated further: "Three hundred and twenty-eight more heavily armed Thai army soldiers and Ministry of Interior troops have been sent to the camp and are now telling the Lao Hmong refugees that they will all be sent back to Laos by force in the coming days and weeks this November; in one case, just last week, some of the Thai soldiers threatened, robbed and stole the personal possessions of six Lao Hmong refugee families, including their jewelry, radios, personal valuables and what little money they had left. The Thai soldiers said the Lao Hmong families will all be forced to return to Laos this month, in November, and would not be needing any of their personal items, money or valuables, in Laos once the Lao army had gotten finished with them."

"The tragic and disastrous move by Prime Minister Abhisit, General Anupong Paochinda, and MOI Minister Chavarat Charnvirakulironically comes as senior Members of the U.S. Congress, and policymakers in Washington, D.C. have once again made high-level appeals to His Majesty, Bhumibol Adulayadej,The King of Thailand, to grant asylum in Thailand to the over 5,000 Lao Hmong political refugees at Ban Huay Nam Khao, and Nong Khai, Thailand," said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) in Washington, D.C.

"Recent appeals, have again been made to His Majesty, Bhumibol Adulayadej, the King of Thailand, from Washington, D.C., for his compassionate help and assistance to save over 5,000 Lao Hmong political refugees from being forcibly returned to Laos so that the Laotian refugees can be screened by the United Nations, and UNHCR , and resettled in third countries that have agreed to sponsor them including New Zealand, France, Canada, Australia and others.," Smith said.

Smith explained further: "Unfortunately, Thai Army Chief-of-Staff General Anupong Paochindaand, Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and MOI Chief Chavarat Charnvirakulhave seem determined to preside over a humanitarian and policy catastrophe regarding their incomprehensible determination, in the face of an international humanitarian outcry by human rights, refugee organizations and Members of the U.S. Congress, to force the Lao Hmong political refugees in Thailand back to Laos in the coming weeks prior to the SEA Games."

Smith observed: "Under the apparent orders of General Anupong Paochinda and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva elements of the Royal Thai Third Army and special army units have mobilized some 328 troops to the Lao Hmong refugee camp at Ban Huay Nam Khao, Thailand, and are reportedly preparing for the potential mass forced repatriation of the refugees prior to the start of the Southeast Asia Games in Laos in December. Thailand's Minister of Interior (MOI) Chavarat Charnvirakul and Deputy Minister of Interior Boonchong Wongtrairat also appear to be responsible for the latest efforts to seek to force Lao Hmong refugees from Ban Huay Nam Khao and Nong Khai back to Laos prior to the start of the SEA games."
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“The SEA Games have already been overshadowed by mass arrests and military intervention by Lao army and secret police units in Vientiane and elsewhere in Laos who, along with special units of the Vietnam Peoples Army (VPA), have arrested or imprisoned over 1100 Laotians this month, including students, political and religious dissidents, activists and ordinary Laotian and Hmong citizens,” Smith concluded.

The Lao Army and VPA are also engaged in military attacks and atrocities against Laotian and Hmong civilians and political and religious dissident groups at Phou Bia Mountain, Phou Da Phao, Xieng Khouang Province, Vientiane Province, Luang Prabang Province, Khammoune Province and elsewhere in Laos.
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Doctors Without Borders ( MSF ), Amnesty International and other non-governmental organizations have urged the government and Thai military to stop forcing Lao Hmong political refugees back to the communist regime in Laos that the refugees have fled from political and religious persecution.

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mozemoua November 17, 2009 at 10:11 PM  

What they need to do is release all these innocent people and let them live freely just like everyone! We are all human and we all have our human rights!

Thanks for sharing Nicki!

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