Archive for November, 2009

November 13, 2009

SEA Games Crisis in Laos: MLDH, ULDL, Rights Groups Urge Release of Laotians

SEA Games Crisis in Laos: MLDH, ULDL, Rights Groups Urge Release of Laotians

http://www.pr-inside.com/sea-games-crisis-in-laos-mldh-r1578605.htm

2009-11-12 05:47:14 – “The 2 November 2009 protest aimed to claim for ‘a real democracy, human rights respect, the cancellation of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Treaty of 1977, the release of all political prisoners and a multipartite system,’ as reported by information sent from inside the LPDR,” said Vanida S. Thephsouvanh, President of the Lao Movement for Human Rights from Paris, France.

Paris, France, Washington, D.C., Vientiane, Laos, November 12, 2009

A coalition of Lao and Hmong non-governmental human rights and humanitarian organizations continues to urge the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (LPDR) to immediately release all imprisoned Laotian pro-democracy, human rights and student activists. Laos has been rocked by civil unrest and thousands have sought to organize protests against abuses in the LPDR regime in Laos prior to the upcoming Southeast Asia games ( SEA Games ) in the capital of Vientiane.

Over 1123 Laotians have been arrested since anti-government activists have sought to organize protests on November 2, 2009 in Vientiane, Laos.
www.pr-inside.com/concerns-haunt-sea-games-in-laos-r1570881.htm

The Lao Peoples Army (LPA) has launched major military and security force attacks against Lao and Hmong civilians and political and religious dissident, including independent persecuted Christian, animist and Buddhist minority groups.
www.pr-inside.com/president-obama-to-communist-laos-you-r1569506 ..

“The 2 November 2009 protest aimed to claim for ‘a real democracy, human rights respect, the cancellation of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Treaty of 1977, the release of all political prisoners and a multipartite system,’ as reported by information sent from inside the LPDR,” said Vanida S. Thephsouvanh, President of the Lao Movement for Human Rights ( MLDH or LMHR ) in an international communiqué issued by the MLDH from Paris, France recently. media-newswire.com/release_1105004.html

“If the majority of the persons arrested yesterday have been released, many of them are still detained at this moment, among whom ‘Mrs Kingkeo ( 39 ), Misters Soubin ( 35 ), Souane ( 50 ), Sinpasong ( 43 ) and Khamsone ( 36 ) arrested in Phon Hong; Mr Nou ( 54 ) arrested in Pakkading; Ms Somchit ( 29 ), Misters Somkhit ( 28 ) and Sourigna ( 26 ) arrested in Vientiane,’ according to this same information,” the MLDH and Ms. Thephsouvanh continued.

”The Lao Movement for Human Rights is highly concerned by this disturbing news and asks the LPDR authorities to account clear explanations of these arrests and to immediately release these persons whose only action seem to wish for a peaceful protest in favor of democracy and human rights,” Ms. Thephsouvanh and the MLDH stated from France to the Laotian community worldwide.

The Paris, France-based Lao Movement for Human Rights (MLDH – Mouvement Lao pour les Droits l’Homme, or LMHR ), the Lao Students Movement for Democracy (LSMD), the United League for Democracy in Laos, Inc. (ULDL), the Lao Hmong Human Rights Council (LHHRC), the Laos Institute for Democracy (LIFD), the Lao Veterans of America, Inc. (LVA), Lao Community of Minnesota (LCMN) Hmong Advance, Inc. (HA), Hmong Advancement, Inc. (HAI), the Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) and other organizations have issued statements and appeals in opposition to the arrests of the some 1138 Laotians in recent days.
www.onlineprnews.com/news/10586-1257366404-hundreds-more-laotian ..

More arrests are continuing daily as the result of LPDR military and security forces efforts to stem the rising tide of Laotian opposition to the one-party military junta.

The military regime in Laos has engaged in a massive new round of arrests of suspected political and religious dissidents prior to the SEA Games opening in December. In Laos, 1123 people preparing for anti-government demonstrations in support of human rights and democracy were arrest beginning on November 2 in Vientiane. Many are still being jailed. Ethnic Hmong and Laotian civilians and dissidents are also being attacked and persecuted by Lao military and security forces.

“We are supporting the freedom-loving Laotian people who are protesting or hoping to protest in Laos on November 2nd –November 10th in the capital of Vientiane,” said Boon Boualaphanh a leader of the Laotian Community of Minnesota.

Mr. Boon Boualaphanh, a civic-minded Laotian community leader and human rights activist continued from the Laotian Community of Minnesota offices in the Twin Cities: “There has been a lot of serious corruption by the LPDR communist regime in Laos and government selling land to…. Vietnam. The LPDR communist regime is allowing the Vietnamese owned military companies to also illegally cutting tree’s in Laos and is allowing them to sell them to Vietnam and Thailand which is a violation of international law and the raises serious environmental issues. “

The Laotian people are very concerned that the corrupt LPDR regime is are also bringing… large number of Vietnam soldiers from Hanoi to take control of Laos, all we are asking is for you to check this out. We do not want the regime in Hanoi Vietnam to run our country in Laos. The communist generals in Hanoi, Vietnam are making Laos poor by exploiting the natural resources of Laos and imposing Hanoi’s foreign communist ideology on the freedom-loving Laotian people who are suffering and being persecuted.”

Radio Free Asia (RFA) has issued several statements and press release regarding the November arrests in Laos. www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/detain-11032009192837.html
www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laosdenies-11062009131535.html

The Lao military has intensified institutional violence against Lao and Hmong dissident and minority groups seeking change and reform in Laos.
www.media-newswire.com/release_1105230.html
www.media-newswire.com/release_1104645.html

“We are very concerned that the new Laotian protesters and pro-democracy activists in Laos are being jailed in terrible and harsh conditions in Sam Khe prison where they are suffering in horribly from the abuses of communist authorities,” said Mr. Oudong Saysana and Ms. Nouamkham Khamphylavong of the Lao Students Movement for Democracy ( LSMD ). “By the 5th of November we received reports and confirmation from Lao student movement members inside Laos that the arrests of over 300 Laotian people had indeed occurred.”
www.media-newswire.com/release_1105004.html

“The freedom flag of Laos, the Royal Lao flag, flies forever for the freedom-loving Lao people and the courageous Lao students who have protested against the LPDR Communist regime in Laos in October of 1999; we will never forget their sacrifices and their bravery,” said Khamphoua Naovarangsy of the Laos Institute for Democracy ( LIFD). media-newswire.com/release_1103896.html
www.pr-inside.com/president-obama-to-communist-laos-you-r1569506 ..

“Many of our Lao Buddhist believers, who oppose the Lao regimes oppression and manipulation of the Buddhist faith and Buddhist temples seeking to operate outside of the government’s strict control, and who support the Lao Student’s peaceful demonstrations, are also being persecuted by the Lao military regime,” said Bounthanh Rathigna, President of the United League for Democracy in Laos, Inc; (ULDL)

“We are continuing to urge the LPDR communist regime to release all of the Lao students, and other political and religious dissidents, prior to the upcoming South East Asia games ( SEA games ) in Vientiane, and give these brave and patriotic Laotian reform-minded people amnesty,” Mr. Rathigna concluded. www.media-newswire.com/release_1103896.html

“Now, sadly, more and more innocent Lao and Hmong people are being starved to death and denied food and water as the Lao military seeks to surround them; The people do not even have time to bury the many Lao and Hmong dead that the Lao government continues to kill,” said Mr. Vaughn Vang of the Lao Hmong Human Rights Council (LHHRC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. www.onlineprnews.com/news/10907-1257617640-mortars-slam-jungle-e ..

“Laos, with the apparent help of military units of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, appears to be seeking to wipe out and exterminate Lao and Hmong religious and political dissident groups, as well as civilians living outside the LPDR regime’s oppressive control, prior to the start of the SEA games in December,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Analysis ( CPPA ) in Washington, D.C. www.onlineprnews.com/news/10212-1257129045-laos-crisis-sea-games ..

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November 11, 2009

We Salute You: Hmong, Lao Veterans of America to Kham Xiong and U.S. Army Victims

We Salute You: Hmong, Lao Veterans of America to Kham Xiong and U.S. Army Victims
“Private First Class Kham Xiong has accomplished his honorable service to our great nation, the United States of America, I salute him and his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood killed in this terrible shooting,” Colonel Wangyee Vang said on behalf of Lao and Hmong veterans from Minnesota and across the United States.
(Media-Newswire.com) – St. Paul, Minnesota, Fresno, California, Fort Hood, Texas, and Washington, D.C., November 10, 2009 – The nation’s largest ethnic Hmong and Lao veterans organization is saluting Private First Class Kham Xiong and the other 12 victims of the Fort Hood shooting in Texas.  Memorial services will be held in Texas today for the shooting victims attended by their families, President Barack Obama, the First Lady Michelle Obama, and Members of the U.S. Congress, including Rep. Betty McCollum ( D-MN ) of St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Lao Veterans of America, Inc., Lao Veterans of America Institute, Center for Public Policy Analysis, Lao Hmong Human Rights Council, Hmong Advance, Inc., Hmong Advancement, Inc., Laotian Community of Minnesota, United League for Democracy in Laos, Inc. the Center for Public Policy Analysis and a coalition of Lao and Hmong veterans and non-profit organizations have joined with Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt in honoring Pfc. Kham Xiong and expressing condolences to Mrs. Kham Xiong and his surviving children and family. 

Private Kham Xiong and many of his family were natives of Minnesota’s Twin Cities where there are large Lao Hmong communities in both St. Paul and Minneapolis.  U.S. Army Private First Class Xiong was a Hmong refugee born in Thailand following the communist takeover in Laos and Hmong exodus at the end of the Vietnam War.

“Mrs. Kham Xiong and family, I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you upon the death of your husband, Pfc. Kham Xiong, on behalf of the Hmong and Lao Veterans of  Lao Veterans of America Institute,” said Lieutenant Colonel Wangyee Vang, ( Ret. ), President of the Lao Veterans of America Institute.

The Lao Veterans of America ( LVA ) is the nation’s largest ethnic Hmong and Laotian veterans organizations with chapters in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma and other states.  Colonel Wangyee is a Hmong combat veterans of the ‘U.S. Secret Army’ in Laos who served defending

“Private First Class Kham Xiong has accomplished his honorable service to our great nation, the United States of America, I salute him and his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood killed in this terrible shooting,” Colonel Wangyee Vang said on behalf of the Lao and Hmong veterans from Minnesota and across the United States.

Colonel Wangyee Vang continued:  “Those soldiers who are serving America and our country’s interest now and in the future, at Fort Hood and elsewhere, please take courage and do not be overcome by this bad tragedy; but instead you must focus on your missions that your military commander gives to you to be accomplished, that are the goals of our Commander-in-Chief.”

“The lost of U.S. Army Private First Class Xiong is the lost of a future young leader, he will not be forgotten,” Colonel Wangyee Vang concluded.  “Again, I extend my deepest condolences to you and the rest of your family on behalf of the Lao and Hmong veterans of the Lao Veterans of America.”

Southeast Asia scholar, journalist, author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt yesterday issued a statement memorializing and honoring Private Kham Xiong.  Dr. Hamilton-Merritt has worked to assist Lao Hmong veterans and their refugee families in Laos, Thailand and the United States since the Vietnam War. http://www.media-newswire.com/release_1082639.html

“Kham Xiong joined a long line of Hmong who have chosen to serve U.S. interests,” said Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt, author of “Tragic Mountains: the Hmong, The Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos” ( Indiana University Press ).

“Kham Xiong’s father fought in the U.S. secret war in the Lao theater of the Vietnam war. Hmong soldiers, fighting under the command of Hmong Gen Vang Pao, fought the North Vietnamese communists to a stand-still in northern Laos for almost a decade,” said Hamilton-Merritt.

“Kham Xiong joined a long line of Hmong who have chosen to serve U.S. interests,” Dr. Hamilton-Merritt continued. “Xiong’s father was fortunate in that he managed to escape the Lao and Vietnamese communist regimes that vowed revenge against those who fought against the North Vietnamese and their Lao supporters during the Vietnam War.”

Dr. Hamilton-Merritt remembered:  “I recall the words of one young Hmong soldier who helped rescue two wounded American pilots in Laos during the Vietnam War: ‘We did everything we could to help the Americans. When the Americans were in trouble, we Hmong made a path with our blood to save them…’”

“We now recognize that thousands more American names would be inscribed on our Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington if it had not been for the heroism and sacrifices of the Hmong soldiers who chose to ally themselves with the Americans during the Vietnam War,” pointed out Hamilton-Merritt, who was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts on behalf of the Hmong soldiers and their families trapped in Laos after the communists took over the country.

“In times like this, we feel so powerless to give aid and comfort to the dead soldier’s family. Perhaps something that we could do would be to acknowledge Kham Xiong’s Hmong heritage and to understand the tragedy that brought him to this country,”  Dr. Hamilton-Merritt reflected.  http://www.tragicmountains.org

“The tragic shooting of Hmong-America U.S. Army Private Xiong at the U.S. Army base in Fort Hood where he and other American troops are deploying for combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, while still under investigation, maybe be the largest single act of terrorism on U.S. soil since the 9-11 attacks that killed over 3,000 people,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C.

“The Lao and Hmong veterans across the United States and their families have expressed shock and sadness regarding the recent attack and shooting of Mr. Xiong and his U.S. Army colleagues at Fort Hood,” Smith concluded.
Smith has worked to help assist and honor Lao and Hmong veterans and their refugee families in the U.S., Thailand and Laos and also serves as the Washington, D.C. Director for the Lao Veterans of America, Inc. and Lao Veterans of America Institute.

On May 14-15, 1997, a granite monument and tree were dedicated, for the first time, at annual National Lao Hmong Veterans Recognition Day ceremonies to honor Hmong and Lao veterans and their American advisers at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.  http://www.media-newswire.com/release_1091987.html

The Lao Hmong veterans monument was dedicated by the Lao Veterans of America, Lao Veterans of America Institute, Grant McClure, Counterparts Veterans Advisers Organization, Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt, U.S. Special Forces Captain D.L. Pappy Hicks, Mike Benge, B. Jenkins Middleton, Esq., Philip Smith, the Center for Public Policy Analysis and others.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/laos-hmong-veterans-memorial-ceremony-at-arlington-national-cemetery-58047832.html
http://www.media-newswire.com/release_1066798.html

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November 11, 2009

News from Center for Public Policy Analysis ( CPPA ), DC.

1123 Laotians suspected of seeking to peacefully assemble in opposition to the LPDR government or its policies

Laos Rocked By Students, Activists: Army Violence as SEA Games Approach

Media Newswire (press release) “We are very concerned that the new Laotian protesters and pro-democracy activists in Laos are being jailed in terrible and harsh conditions in Sam Khe

Concerns Haunt SEA Games in Laos: Police Arrest 1123 Organizers Seeking Change

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) 2009-11-09 06:11:50 – Currently, 1123 Laotians suspected of seeking to peacefully assemble in opposition to the LPDR government or its policies,

November 6, 2009

CPPA Press Release Distribution – PR Agency

Press Release – CPPA – Laos SEA Games: Lao, Hmong Demonstrators Beaten, Dragged Screaming to Prisons – PR Agency.

Laos SEA Games: Lao, Hmong Demonstrators Beaten, Dragged Screaming to Prisons
“With the approach of the SEA Games in Laos, more arrests and military attacks have occurred in recent days, led by the Lao military and secret police. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) has also deployed new battalions and special units of the Vietnam Peoples Army (VPA) to assist the LPDR in crushing the Laotian peoples opposition and demonstrations directed at political reform and regime change in Laos,” said Philip Smith of the CPPA in Washington, D.C.

(Media-Newswire.com) – Washington, D.C., Paris, France, Luang Prabang, Laos,  Nong Khai, Thailand, November 6, 2009 – With the start of SEA Games just weeks away, the Communist military junta in Laos has imprisoned peaceful Lao activists seeking to organize demonstrations in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and elsewhere in Laos.  Laos will host the SEA games in December in Vientiane.“The 2 November 2009 protest aimed to claim for ‘a real democracy, human rights respect, the cancellation of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Treaty of 1977, the release of all political prisoners and a multipartite system,’ as reported by information sent from inside the LPDR,” said Vanida S. Thephsouvanh, President of the Lao Movement for Human Rights ( MLDH ) in a recent international communiqué issued by the MLDH from Paris, France.  http://media-newswire.com/release_1105004.html“If the majority of the persons arrested yesterday have been released, many of them are still detained at this moment, among whom “Mrs Kingkeo ( 39 ), Misters Soubin ( 35 ), Souane ( 50 ), Sinpasong ( 43 ) and Khamsone ( 36 ) arrested in Phon Hong; Mr Nou ( 54 ) arrested in Pakkading; Ms Somchit ( 29 ), Misters Somkhit ( 28 ) and Sourigna ( 26 ) arrested in Vientiane,” according to this same information,” the MLDH and Ms. Thephsouvanh continued.”The Lao Movement for Human Rights is highly concerned by these disturbing news and asks the LPDR authorities to account clear explanations of these arrests and to immediately release these persons whose only action seem to wish for a peaceful protest in favor of democracy and human rights,” Ms. Thephsouvanh and the MLDH stated.

Laos, ruled as the one-party the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, or LPDR, is a one-party regime closely allied with Burma and North Korea.  In various provinces of Laos, the LPDR regime has mobilized the Lao Peoples Army ( LPA ) to arrest and attack peaceful Laotian citizens, including political and religious dissidents, and members of the Hmong ethnic minority.

“With the approach of the SEA Games in Laos, more arrests and military attacks have occurred in recent days, led by the Lao military and secret police.  The Socialist Republic of Vietnam ( SRV ) has also deployed new battalions and special units of the Vietnam Peoples Army ( VPA ) to assist the LPDR in crushing the Laotian peoples opposition and demonstrations directed at political reform and regime change in Laos,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Analysis ( CPPA ) in Washington, D.C.

“A coalition of Lao and Hmong non-governmental organizations are condemning the recent arrests of over 346 Laotian students and pro-democracy activists seeking to organize demonstrations against the LPDR regime prior to the SEA Games,” said Smith.

“Unfortunately, this is somewhat of disaster for the opening of the SEA Games, since many ordinary Lao, Hmong citizens have been brutally beaten and dragged screaming to jail cells by the LPA, Lao Peoples Army, and secret police for seeking to peacefully protest  widespread government corruption in Laos and the oppressive Stalinist military rule that they continue to suffer egregious human rights violations under,”  Smith concluded.

Smith said further:  “President Obama has told the Communist military junta in Laos that they are not a Marxist-Leninist regime, but unfortunately the LPDR military junta and its generals will not listen to President Obama or the United States, and are continuing to deploy their secret police and military to arrest, imprison and kill their own people in support of the one-party Communist leadership and Stalinist regime.”

In Laos, 346 people have been arrested on Monday, November 2, and in recent days, according to sources in Laos and Laotian student, human rights and non-governmental organizations abroad. Sources inside the Lao government and army have also confirmed the arrests. The arrests come in the wake of the 10th anniversary commemoration of the bloody crackdown in Vientiane on October 26, 1999, of peaceful Lao Student demonstrations.  http://media-newswire.com/release_1103896.html

Laos also continues to imprison leaders of the peaceful 1999 Lao Students Movement for Democracy as well as three American citizens, including Hakit Yang of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hundreds of Lao Hmong political refugees from Ban Huay Nam Khao that were forced from Thailand to Laos in recent months have been jailed, imprisoned, summarily executed or have simply disappeared according to sources in Laos and the Center for Public Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C.  http://media-newswire.com/release_1104548.html
http://media-newswire.com/release_1104645.html

”On behalf of The Laos Institute for Democracy, I condemn the Lao PDR ( LPDR ) regime and urge it to stop its violence and released all peaceful Laotian demonstrations as soon as posible,” said Khampoua Naovarangsy of the Laos Institute for Democracy.

Mr. Naovarangsy concluded:  “Laos should have freedom of speech and freedom for religion for its own Laotian people, if not Laos should go back to be labeled a country of particular concern ( CPC ) and returned to the black list for its violations of human rights and freedom.

Khampoua Naovarangsy pointed out that to the surprise and opposition of many Laotians, earlier this year, President Obama and the White House removed the LPDR regime in Laos from the Black List of Communist countries allowing access for U.S. Import-Export Bank loans:  Mr. Naovarangsy explained:  “Here is what President Obama said in reading from the Memorandum to the U.S. Secretary of State by the U.S. President:  ‘MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE, subject: US President has removed Laos from black list: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 2( b )( C ) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945, as amended ( 12 U.S.C. 635( b )( 2 )( C ) ), I hereby determine that The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has ceased to be a Marxist-Leninist country within the definition of such term in section 2( b )( 2 )( B )( i ) of that Act.You are authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.’”

Mr. Naovarangsy explained further:  “ President Obama has told the Communist leaders of Laos that they are not Marxist Lennists, but they Communist LPDR leaders refuse to listen.  President Obama even removed the LPDR Communist regime from the U.S. black list for Export – Import Bank loans.  But the LPDR communist leaders keep acting like Communists and Marxist – Leninists by persecuting and imprisoning their own people for opposing the corrupt one-party regime.”

“The LPDR government in Laos must immediately release these peaceful protesters from the November 2 to November 5 protests or face even more protests in the future by the freedom loving Lao people,” said Bounthanh Rathigna, President of the United League for
Democracy in Laos, Inc.

“We are demanding the release of all of the political and religious dissidents by the start of the SEA Games,”  Rathigna said.

Bounthanh Rathigna continued:  “The Lao people oppose the rampant corruption and human rights violations of the LPDR military dictatorship against their own Laotian and Hmong people; they want an immediate withdrawal of all LPA army units from Vientiane, Luang Prabang and elsewhere in the Laotian cities and the release from prison of all the peaceful protesters as well as the Lao Students of the October 1999 Movement for Democracy,”

“Vietnam and corrupt communist generals in Hanoi, must be removed from Laos, the LPDR regime in Laos is supported as a puppet regime by the Vietnam Peoples Army and they are continuing to exploit Laos for its timber, minerals and natural resources, as an illegal occupying power in clear violation of international law,” concluded Mr. Rathigna.  “The Lao people want the Peoples Army of Vietnam, the VPA, and its corrupt communist generals from Hanoi out of Laos and to end their support for the LPDR regime’s persecution of its own people.  The VPA and Lao Peoples Army continue to oppress, persecute and kill the Lao and Hmong people who only want to live in peace and freedom.  This is one of the main reasons why the protesters were arrested in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, they want true freedom and human rights for Laos.”

“Why will the LPDR regime in Laos not demand the withdrawal of all Vietnam troops and security forces from Laos who are now deployed by Hanoi to persecute and kill the freedom-loving Lao political and religious leaders and dissidents opposed to the corrupt authoritarian rule of the Lao military junta and the LPDR regime.”

“With the right hand the LPDR government in Laos welcomes the world to the SEA Games in Vientiane,” said Vaughn Vang, Director of the Lao Hmong Human Rights Council, Inc. ( LHHRC ) in Wisconsin.

Vaughn Vang concluded:  “But with the other hand the Lao Peoples Army and LPDR regime are engaged in a massive campaign in Laos to arrest, starve, kill and persecute the Lao and Hmong people who only want peace and freedom. Now the Lao military has again launched new attacks against innocent civilians in the provinces of Xieng Khouang, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Khammoune and elsewhere resulting in many innocent Lao and Hmong civilians and religious believers, including Christians, to be injured or killed.”

“Lao and Hmong groups in-hiding are continuing to report that the Lao Army is launching military attacks, ambushing and surround these groups in-hiding using heavy artillery, infantry, and small unit attacks. More than 112 Hmong women and children in-hiding in Phou Bia mountain area alone are known casualties of the recent attacks that have occurred over the last three weeks,” said Mr. Vang from LHHRC offices in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

In October, over 112 Lao Hmong civilian casualties in Laos’ Xieng Khouang Province have been the result of military attacks by the LPA and VPA units against unarmed civilians and political and religious dissident groups at Phou Bia Mountain and Phou Da Phao Mountain areas.  Most of the Lao and Hmong victims of the LPDR military attacks are women and children.

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November 6, 2009

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Laos SEA Games: Lao, Hmong Demonstrators Beaten, Dragged Screaming to Prisons
“With the approach of the SEA Games in Laos, more arrests and military attacks have occurred in recent days, led by the Lao military and secret police. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) has also deployed new battalions and special units of the Vietnam Peoples Army (VPA) to assist the LPDR in crushing the Laotian peoples opposition and demonstrations directed at political reform and regime change in Laos,” said Philip Smith of the CPPA in Washington, D.C.

(Media-Newswire.com) – Washington, D.C., Paris, France, Luang Prabang, Laos,  Nong Khai, Thailand, November 6, 2009 – With the start of SEA Games just weeks away, the Communist military junta in Laos has imprisoned peaceful Lao activists seeking to organize demonstrations in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and elsewhere in Laos.  Laos will host the SEA games in December in Vientiane.

“The 2 November 2009 protest aimed to claim for ‘a real democracy, human rights respect, the cancellation of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Treaty of 1977, the release of all political prisoners and a multipartite system,’ as reported by information sent from inside the LPDR,” said Vanida S. Thephsouvanh, President of the Lao Movement for Human Rights ( MLDH ) in a recent international communiqué issued by the MLDH from Paris, France.  http://media-newswire.com/release_1105004.html

“If the majority of the persons arrested yesterday have been released, many of them are still detained at this moment, among whom “Mrs Kingkeo ( 39 ), Misters Soubin ( 35 ), Souane ( 50 ), Sinpasong ( 43 ) and Khamsone ( 36 ) arrested in Phon Hong; Mr Nou ( 54 ) arrested in Pakkading; Ms Somchit ( 29 ), Misters Somkhit ( 28 ) and Sourigna ( 26 ) arrested in Vientiane,” according to this same information,” the MLDH and Ms. Thephsouvanh continued.

”The Lao Movement for Human Rights is highly concerned by these disturbing news and asks the LPDR authorities to account clear explanations of these arrests and to immediately release these persons whose only action seem to wish for a peaceful protest in favor of democracy and human rights,” Ms. Thephsouvanh and the MLDH stated.

Laos, ruled as the one-party the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, or LPDR, is a one-party regime closely allied with Burma and North Korea.  In various provinces of Laos, the LPDR regime has mobilized the Lao Peoples Army ( LPA ) to arrest and attack peaceful Laotian citizens, including political and religious dissidents, and members of the Hmong ethnic minority. 

“With the approach of the SEA Games in Laos, more arrests and military attacks have occurred in recent days, led by the Lao military and secret police.  The Socialist Republic of Vietnam ( SRV ) has also deployed new battalions and special units of the Vietnam Peoples Army ( VPA ) to assist the LPDR in crushing the Laotian peoples opposition and demonstrations directed at political reform and regime change in Laos,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Analysis ( CPPA ) in Washington, D.C. 

“A coalition of Lao and Hmong non-governmental organizations are condemning the recent arrests of over 346 Laotian students and pro-democracy activists seeking to organize demonstrations against the LPDR regime prior to the SEA Games,” said Smith.

“Unfortunately, this is somewhat of disaster for the opening of the SEA Games, since many ordinary Lao, Hmong citizens have been brutally beaten and dragged screaming to jail cells by the LPA, Lao Peoples Army, and secret police for seeking to peacefully protest  widespread government corruption in Laos and the oppressive Stalinist military rule that they continue to suffer egregious human rights violations under,”  Smith concluded.

Smith said further:  “President Obama has told the Communist military junta in Laos that they are not a Marxist-Leninist regime, but unfortunately the LPDR military junta and its generals will not listen to President Obama or the United States, and are continuing to deploy their secret police and military to arrest, imprison and kill their own people in support of the one-party Communist leadership and Stalinist regime.”

In Laos, 346 people have been arrested on Monday, November 2, and in recent days, according to sources in Laos and Laotian student, human rights and non-governmental organizations abroad. Sources inside the Lao government and army have also confirmed the arrests. The arrests come in the wake of the 10th anniversary commemoration of the bloody crackdown in Vientiane on October 26, 1999, of peaceful Lao Student demonstrations.  http://media-newswire.com/release_1103896.html

Laos also continues to imprison leaders of the peaceful 1999 Lao Students Movement for Democracy as well as three American citizens, including Hakit Yang of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Hundreds of Lao Hmong political refugees from Ban Huay Nam Khao that were forced from Thailand to Laos in recent months have been jailed, imprisoned, summarily executed or have simply disappeared according to sources in Laos and the Center for Public Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C.  http://media-newswire.com/release_1104548.html
http://media-newswire.com/release_1104645.html

”On behalf of The Laos Institute for Democracy, I condemn the Lao PDR ( LPDR ) regime and urge it to stop its violence and released all peaceful Laotian demonstrations as soon as posible,” said Khampoua Naovarangsy of the Laos Institute for Democracy.

Mr. Naovarangsy concluded:  “Laos should have freedom of speech and freedom for religion for its own Laotian people, if not Laos should go back to be labeled a country of particular concern ( CPC ) and returned to the black list for its violations of human rights and freedom.

Khampoua Naovarangsy pointed out that to the surprise and opposition of many Laotians, earlier this year, President Obama and the White House removed the LPDR regime in Laos from the Black List of Communist countries allowing access for U.S. Import-Export Bank loans:  Mr. Naovarangsy explained:  “Here is what President Obama said in reading from the Memorandum to the U.S. Secretary of State by the U.S. President:  ‘MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE, subject: US President has removed Laos from black list: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 2( b )( C ) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945, as amended ( 12 U.S.C. 635( b )( 2 )( C ) ), I hereby determine that The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has ceased to be a Marxist-Leninist country within the definition of such term in section 2( b )( 2 )( B )( i ) of that Act.You are authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.’”

Mr. Naovarangsy explained further:  “ President Obama has told the Communist leaders of Laos that they are not Marxist Lennists, but they Communist LPDR leaders refuse to listen.  President Obama even removed the LPDR Communist regime from the U.S. black list for Export – Import Bank loans.  But the LPDR communist leaders keep acting like Communists and Marxist – Leninists by persecuting and imprisoning their own people for opposing the corrupt one-party regime.”

“The LPDR government in Laos must immediately release these peaceful protesters from the November 2 to November 5 protests or face even more protests in the future by the freedom loving Lao people,” said Bounthanh Rathigna, President of the United League for
Democracy in Laos, Inc. 

“We are demanding the release of all of the political and religious dissidents by the start of the SEA Games,”  Rathigna said.

Bounthanh Rathigna continued:  “The Lao people oppose the rampant corruption and human rights violations of the LPDR military dictatorship against their own Laotian and Hmong people; they want an immediate withdrawal of all LPA army units from Vientiane, Luang Prabang and elsewhere in the Laotian cities and the release from prison of all the peaceful protesters as well as the Lao Students of the October 1999 Movement for Democracy,”

“Vietnam and corrupt communist generals in Hanoi, must be removed from Laos, the LPDR regime in Laos is supported as a puppet regime by the Vietnam Peoples Army and they are continuing to exploit Laos for its timber, minerals and natural resources, as an illegal occupying power in clear violation of international law,” concluded Mr. Rathigna.  “The Lao people want the Peoples Army of Vietnam, the VPA, and its corrupt communist generals from Hanoi out of Laos and to end their support for the LPDR regime’s persecution of its own people.  The VPA and Lao Peoples Army continue to oppress, persecute and kill the Lao and Hmong people who only want to live in peace and freedom.  This is one of the main reasons why the protesters were arrested in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, they want true freedom and human rights for Laos.”

“Why will the LPDR regime in Laos not demand the withdrawal of all Vietnam troops and security forces from Laos who are now deployed by Hanoi to persecute and kill the freedom-loving Lao political and religious leaders and dissidents opposed to the corrupt authoritarian rule of the Lao military junta and the LPDR regime.”

“With the right hand the LPDR government in Laos welcomes the world to the SEA Games in Vientiane,” said Vaughn Vang, Director of the Lao Hmong Human Rights Council, Inc. ( LHHRC ) in Wisconsin.

Vaughn Vang concluded:  “But with the other hand the Lao Peoples Army and LPDR regime are engaged in a massive campaign in Laos to arrest, starve, kill and persecute the Lao and Hmong people who only want peace and freedom. Now the Lao military has again launched new attacks against innocent civilians in the provinces of Xieng Khouang, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Khammoune and elsewhere resulting in many innocent Lao and Hmong civilians and religious believers, including Christians, to be injured or killed.”

“Lao and Hmong groups in-hiding are continuing to report that the Lao Army is launching military attacks, ambushing and surround these groups in-hiding using heavy artillery, infantry, and small unit attacks. More than 112 Hmong women and children in-hiding in Phou Bia mountain area alone are known casualties of the recent attacks that have occurred over the last three weeks,” said Mr. Vang from LHHRC offices in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

In October, over 112 Lao Hmong civilian casualties in Laos’ Xieng Khouang Province have been the result of military attacks by the LPA and VPA units against unarmed civilians and political and religious dissident groups at Phou Bia Mountain and Phou Da Phao Mountain areas.  Most of the Lao and Hmong victims of the LPDR military attacks are women and children.

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