Blood Everywhere: Abhisit, Anupong Order More Hmong Refugees Beaten, Tazered By Thai Soldiers
"U.S. Senators, Russ Feingold (D-WI), Richard Lugar (R-IN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Begich (D-AK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter to Prime Minister Abhisit on December 17 in opposition to the return of the Hmong to Laos," said Philip Smith of the CPPA in Washington, D.C.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Huay Nam Khao, Bangkok, Thailand and Washington, D.C., December 28, 2009 - More Lao Hmong refugees, including women and children have been seriously injured by Royal Thai soldiers as they are being forced back to Laos according to reports from the main refugee camp in Thailand received by the Lao Hmong Human Rights Council, the Center for Public Policy Analysis ( CPPA ) and relatives of Hmong-Americans in the camp. Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Army Chief of Staff Anupong Paochinda have been accused of serious violations of international law and erasing Thailand's record of compassion toward refugees by senior current and former American officials, including Members of Congress and former U.S. Ambassador Howard Eugene Douglas. http://www.pr-inside.com/anupong-abhisit-s-laos-thailand-refugee-r1598920.htm
“Sadly, Hmong-American families in the United States as well as sources inside the Hmong camp at Huay Nam Khao are reporting to us that the Thai military effort to force the refugees back to Laos has been very violent and bloody with hundreds wounded,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the CPPA in Washington, D.C.
“Some of the Hmong men wounded today are reported to be in critical condition with severe blood loss from repeated blows to the head, face and torso by Thai soldiers armed with a number of lethal and non-lethal weapons, including electric cattle prods and M-16 machine guns,” Smith stated further.
Smith continued: “The Thai military has brutally beaten and seriously wounded hundreds of Hmong refugees in Thailand as it seeks to force them back to the communist regime in Laos they fled. According to reports received from sources inside the main Hmong refugee camp at Huay Nam Khao in Thailand’s Petchabun Province the effort to force Hmong back to Laos has been exceedingly violent and bloody.”
n Washington, D.C., the U.S. Senate has urged Thailand to stop the forced repatriation and is considering a review of funding for U.S. military assistance and training to Thailand. Senator Patrick Leahy has made a Senate floor statement about the Lao Hmong refugee crisis in Thailand. www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_ .. media-newswire.com/release_1108696.html
“U.S. Senators, Russ Feingold ( D-WI ), Richard Lugar ( R-IN ), Patrick Leahy ( D-VT ), Barbara Boxer ( D-CA ), Al Franken ( D-MN ), Amy Klobuchar ( D-MN ), Mark Begich ( D-AK ), Lisa Murkowski ( R-AK ) and Sheldon Whitehouse ( D-RI ) sent a letter to Prime Minister Abhisit earlier this month in opposition to the return of the Hmong to Laos,” continued Mr. Smith.
“U.S. Senators say that the return of Lao Hmong refugees to Laos by Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Army Chief of Staff General Anupong Paochinda may have negative effects on America’s relationship with Thailand, including potential damage to the U.S.-Thai military relationship and the annual Cobra Gold exercises,” Smith stated
“Direct sources from within the Huay Nam Khao refugee camp in Thailand report that more Thai army soldiers have arrived and entered the camp to force the Hmong political refugees and asylum seekers back to Laos,” said Vaughn Vang of the Lao Hmong Human Rights Council of Green Bay Wisconsin that has been in close contact with the refugees in Thailand and their families in the United States.
“Huay Nam Khao Hmong refugees are under strict Thai military confinement during their forced repatriation to Laos.
“Today, many of the Hmong refugees were seriously wounded by the Thai Army soldiers who have by beating them with shovel handles, heavy clubs and their guns. Many of the refugees are seriously bleeding and many of the men have been beaten so seriously that they cannot walk or stand, and cannot defend their families from the attacking Thai soldiers forcing them onto the trucks and buses.
“The international responses to the reports on December 22, 2009 have resulted in the Thai government setting up a tower in the refugee camp seeking to stop cellular activity within the camp in an effort to prevent communication and any information about the forced repatriation to escape the camp. After setting up the towers, the Thai soldiers within the camp threatened the Hmong refugees that the world will not be able to have access to the events that will be occurring in the next few days to deport these Hmong refugees back to Laos. Thai soldiers further state that the world community will not be able to hear the cries, and see the bloody abuse and brutal torture of the Hmong refugees and will not come to their aid and rescue.
“The reports further state that the number of Thai soldiers has increased to over the number of Hmong refugees within the camp. Also, the Thai government has gathered majority of local nurses to be ready and standing by outside of Huaj Nam Khao Refugees Camp because the Thai government foresees the forced repatriation to be bloody with serious injuries and possible deaths in the next coming days. The reports further state that the Thai soldiers have been ordered to force repatriated all Hmong refugees from the camp completely within the next seven days.
“These innocent Hmong children, women, elders, and civilians are appealing to the United States, United Nation, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, European Union, Doctors Without Borders ( MSF ), Reporters Without Borders ( RSF ) and all international human rights organizations, all countries, and the world community to not give up on them.
“They are requesting for the world to urge the Thai government to cease the forced repatriation of the 4,532 innocent Hmong refugees and to send aid and representatives to monitor the situation in the Huaj Nam Khao Refugee Camp.”
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