Thailand's Abhisit Vejjajiva, Gen. Anupong Paojinda, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha Mobilize Troops Against Laos, Hmong Refugees
"Thai Army General Anupong Paojinda, Thailand's Military Chief of Staff, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Chaovarat Chanvirakul, the Thai Minister of Interior, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, have plotted a detailed strategy that... is now being secretly implemented to seek to force 4,000 Lao Hmong refugees back to Laos," said Philip Smith, of the Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA)in Washington, D.C.
(Media-Newswire.com) - New York,Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Bangkok Thailand, September 26, 2009 - Today, in the wake of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s trip to New York and Pittsburgh, Royal Thai Ministry of Interior ( MOI ) and Royal Thai Third Army troops have been secretly mobilized to implement a covert strategy to force 4,000 Lao Hmong refugees in Thailand back to the communist Lao Peoples Democratic Republic ( LPDR ) where they fled persecution and military attacks.
“Unfortunately, Royal Thai Army General Anupong Paojinda, Thailand’s Military Chief of Staff, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Chaovarat Chanvirakul, the Thai Minister of Interior, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and other Thai policymakers in Bangkok have plotted a detailed strategy that, while temporarily delayed, is now being secretly implemented to seek to force 4,000 Lao Hmong refugees back to Laos over the coming days and weeks,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Analysis ( CPPA ) in Washington, D.C. http://media-newswire.com/release_1091673.html
“There is a bloody vast tragedy now being secretly planned and implemented by General Anupong, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Chaovarat Chanvirakul, the Thai Minister of Interior and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to seek to force some 4,000 Lao Hmong political refugees in Thailand back to the horrific communist regime in Laos where they fled military attacks, mass starvation, ethnic cleansing and political and religious persecution,” stated Mr. Smith from the United Nations in New York City where Thai Prime Minister Abhisit attended the UN General Assembly opening session.
Mr. Smith concluded: “Many in New York, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Congress are concerned that Thai Prime Minister Abhisit, General Anupong, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Chaovarat Chanvirakul, the Thai Minister of Interior and others, including key Thai Third Army and Ministry of Interior ( MOI ) commanders, are oblivious and unconcerned with the many international appeals from the United States and U.S. Congress to His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, requesting that asylum and amnesty be granted to the Lao Hmong refugees at Huay Nam Khao and Nong Khai; these political refugees from Laos have fled unspeakable political violence and persecution in Stalinist Laos, under the brutal LPDR regime, and should be granted asylum, as the U.S. Congress has requested and appealed to His Majesty, King Bhumibol Aduyadej, in H.R. Res. 1273 and U.S. Congressional letters to His Majesty, until the Lao Hmong refugees can be resettled in France, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and other third countries that have agreed to resettle them, or who may wish to begin a resettlement program.” http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_bills&docid=f:hr1273ih.txt.pdf
U.S. Senator Russell Feingold and U.S. Senator Herbert Kohl, Wisconsin Democrats, as well as U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse ( D-RI ), U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer ( D-CA ), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein ( D-CA ), U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar ( D-MN ), U.S. Senator Al Franken ( D-MN ) and a bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress, have spearheaded efforts to urge Thailand to halt the forced repatriation of Lao Hmong refugees in Ban Huay Nam Khao and Nong Khai, Thailand, back to the LPDR military junta which is a close ally with North Korea and Burma. http://media-newswire.com/release_1067326.html http://media-newswire.com/release_1060161.html
U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy ( D-RI ), U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf ( D-VA ), U.S. Congressman Ron Kind ( R-WI ), Congressman Dennis Cardoza ( D-CA ), Congressman Steve Kagen ( D-WI ), Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ), Congressman Jim Costa ( D-CA ), Congressman Dana Rohrabacher ( D-CA ), Congressman James McGovern ( D-MA ) and others have written U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the current crisis in Thailand and Laos facing Lao Hmong refugees and cosponsored H.R. Res. 1273, legislation introduced regarding the human rights and refugee crisis. http://www.statesurge.com/bills/353629-hres1273-federal
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit is currently in the United States were he participated in ceremonies and events in New York at the United Nations, Wall Street, Columbia University and the US - ASEAN Business Council. The Thai Prime Minister is currently attending the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on behalf of Thailand while hundreds of additional Royal Thai Army soldiers and Ministry of Interior ( MOI ) security forces have been secretly mobilized in preparation for the mass forced repatriation of thousands of Lao Hmong refugees in the coming days and weeks.
“All you Hmong here at Huay Nam Khao must volunteer to go to Laos now as Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and General Anupong have ordered,” screamed the Thai soldiers pointing machine guns in the faces of the Lao Hmong political refugees and children imprisoned at the detention camp holding some 4,000 refugees in Petchabun Province, Thailand, according to reports received in recent days by the CPPA in Washington, D.C. “You go back to Laos now, or we will kill you and your children and family here with our guns, weapons and attack dogs as General Anupong Paojinda and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva have instructed,” the Thai soldiers continued screaming at the frightened and defenseless Lao Hmong refugees in the detention camp.
“The head of the Thai Authority and Assistance in Huai Nam Khao, Thailand, Commander Bounluang, recently informed Lao Hmong refugees there that Thai military and security forces will engage in a mass bloody tragedy involving the forced repatriation of 4 ,000 Lao Hmong in Huaj Nam Khao back to Laos beginning on September 27,2009, they will not spare any one or mercy any one any more,” stated Vaughn Vang of the Lao Hmong Human Rights Council. “Seven ( 7 ) Thai soldiers are being mobilized per Hmong refugee family to arrest and capture these Hmong refugees and force them into Army Trucks,” Vang continued.
“Two ( 2 ) soldiers will be protecting other ( Thai ) soldiers while they are catching or capturing the family members, three ( 3 ) soldiers will the one who are actually capturing or catching this family members into Army trucks and two ( 2 ) soldiers who are carrying weapons, Including electric cattle prods and tazer-like guns, M-16 automatic machine guns and black stick with many long nails. Hundreds of Thai soldiers will be present at the Hmong refugee’s camp in Huaj Nam Khao, Thai land to complete this mast bloody force repatriation mission,” Mr. Vang said further.
Vaughn Vang concluded: “We, the Lao Hmong America community, want Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to stop his force repatriation policy of forcing the 4,000 Hmong in Ban Huaj Nam Khao, Nong Khai, elsewhere in Thailand, back to the communist regime in Laos they fled. We want PM Abhisity Vejjajiva to free these Hmong refugees and allow international, United States, and United Nation’s access to these Lao Hmong political refugees and allow an international screening process involving the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ) and third countries.”
According to a key Lao Hmong refugee camp leader at Huay Nam Khao who escaped Laos, and whose family was attacked by Lao Peoples Army ( LPA ) troops and LPDR security forces: “Our parents, brothers, sisters and uncles have been, hunted like animals, tortured, and killed by the Lao Communist Government, We are the only surviving family members…. We will not go back to be persecuted and killed by this killer government any more. Why do we not have the rights, liberty and the freedom to live as human beings as stated… in the United Nation declaration of Human rights.”
The Lao Hmong refugee leader in Thailand, who wishes to remain anonymous, continued with his statement about the crisis in Ban Huay Nam Khao camp: “We appeal to the United States, the United Nations and the world community to help protect us, the Lao Hmong political refugees in Thailand, and save our lives; We want help from the international community to stop Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s bloody mass forced repatriation policy of forcing us back to the Lao Communist regime. Many Hmong refugees, women and children will be bloodily beaten up and possible killed by these Thai soldiers.
In Ban Huay Nam Khao, the Lao Hmong refugee camp leader concluded: “We are very concern about the safety of our Hmong refugees in Huaj Nam Khaom Nong Khai Detention Center, Thailand. More than 2,000 Lao Hmong political refugees have been forced by the Thai government and military back to Laos; Many of these Lao Hmong refugees are currently in jail in Laos, and many were disappeared; We do not know the whereabouts of many of these returnees forced back to Laos. Many of these Lao Hmong refugees will be persecute, torture and slowly killed by the Laos Communist Government while they are on the soil of Laos.”
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