As anyone would expected it, once those 4,000+ Hmong are back in Laos you will not hear much about them. Due to the fact that the Laos Government will not allow any international press or agencies access to those 4,000+ Hmong. The funny thing was, Laos Government claimed that those folks were the victims of Human Trafficking. LOL I can’t help but laughing out loud… Most human trafficking cases are mostly involved women and young childrens.
Another story I’ve been hearing that Hmong Leader Vang Pao is planning to return to Laos. He just recently been acquitted from Federal Court cases from trying to overthrown the current Laos Government. Are you kidding me? The Laos Government will not easily forget his actions during the Vietnam War. Now, he is not going back to Laos after all.
This Hmong issue is very complex situation.. I don’t see it to be solve anytime soon. Unless both sides are willing to put all the past aside and move on. One probably think I am this political blogger, which I am not. I just like to blog about Laos, whether is good or bad:-).
Oh, this is off subject…. But, I just like to say…. How on earth you manage to have 18 sons???? Holy cow!!! You would think after 5 or 6, he would be like… this is enough? hahahhahaha Obviously he had too much time on his hands.
Press statement on returning Lao Hmong
The Lao-Thai and Thai-Lao Joint Security Border Commission held a handover ceremony on December 29, 2009, in Borikhamxay province for 4,518 Lao Hmong who had previously been detained in Thailand after entering the country illegally.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that this group was the last of a total of 7,691 detainees. All of them have now returned to Laos after being tricked into entering Thailand without any legal immigration documents.
The ceremony was attended by General Voraphong Sanganetra, Deputy Chief of Joint Staff of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters on behalf of Thailand , and Brigadier General Bouasieng Champaphanh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff Department of the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Lao PDR.
The return of the Lao Hmong from Thailand was conducted on the basis of a Lao-Thai bilateral agreement.
In recent years, 21 groups of Lao Hmong held in Thai detention camps have returned to Laos including this latest group.
The assistance provided to the returnees reflects not only the humanitarian policies of the Lao and Thai governments, but also the sincerity of both countries in working together to achieve the appropriate solution, which has resulted in a successful outcome.
The Lao government and people express their appreciation to the government, the Royal Army and the people of Thailand for their good cooperation as well as for the humanitarian response rendered to Lao citizens.
The welcoming of this group of Lao Hmong on their return to Laos is a reflection of the continued humanitarian and human rights policy of the Lao PDR.
Throughout the years, the Lao government has exerted great effort to protect and help Lao citizens who fall victim to all forms of exploitation and transnational organised crime such as deception and human trafficking.
This is clearly reflected in the current policy and various concrete measures undertaken by the Lao government, such as the adoption of a national strategy on anti-trafficking, signing of the Convention on Transnational Organised Crimes and the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights and others, just to name a few.
The 7,691 Lao Hmong who have now returned home for good are the victims of human trafficking rings and deception. Being unaware of this fact, they found themselves illegally in Thailand and violating the Immigration Law of the Kingdom of Thailand .
Due to their naivety and being deceived by misleading information, many of them sold their houses and property in Laos to pay their way to Thailand without suspecting they would be detained as violators of the Thai Immigration Law.
It is the Lao government’s responsibility to protect the legitimate rights of the Lao multi-ethnic people both at home and abroad. The Lao government attaches great importance to addressing this problem and thus has made every effort to assist its citizens who have fallen into danger and encountered serious difficulties.
The returning Lao Hmong are Lao citizens and enjoy equal rights and obligations like all other Lao citizens. Therefore, the Lao government always stands ready to provide assistance and support to help them stand on their own and take up the normal forms of mainstream livelihood they once enjoyed the same as other Lao people.
With regard to their permanent settlement, the Lao government will proceed on the basis of their wishes. Those who want to resettle in their former neighbourhood or reunite with their relatives will be helped by the Lao government, which will facilitate their resettlement. The government will also help those who have no property in their hometown by arranging for them to settle in development villages created by the government, and will continue to help the returnees until they can be self-sufficient.
The Lao government reiterates its unswerving humanitarian policy, particularly towards its citizens and the Lao multi-ethnic people.
The rights and interests of the Lao people are protected under the Constitution and laws of the Lao PDR. This is the duty and obligation that the Lao government has always undertaken.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 5 , 2010)
Laos’ ex-gen Vang Pao cancels his trip home
Exiled Hmong leader Vang Pao has cancelled his plan to visit Laos this week after Laos government said he would face death penalty if he returns home, a California-based newspaper reported Tuesday.
His son Cha Vang and his confidant Charles A Waters failed several attempts to negotiate with Lao authorities to pave the way for the return of the ex-general, according to the newspaper The Sacramento Bee.
Chai Vang, one of Vang’s 18 sons, said the general’s representatives apparently spoke with “the wrong people – it wasn’t the proper channel.”
The exiled Hmong ex-general announced last month in Fresno, California, in front of some 1,000 American Hmong that he planned to return to his home country Laos on January 10 to end the three decade long conflict with the regime in Vientiane.
Vang Pao who turned 80 on Christmas Day was the guerrilla leader of ethnic minorities who helped the United States fought against the communist movement since early 196s until the fall of Vientiane in 1975.
Vang’s plan was announced as Thailand was repatriating more than 4,500 Hmong refugees from Phetchabun and Nong Khai to Laos. The massive deportation was completed within one day last week.
Vang said it’s time to forget the past and to live with the government in Laos peacefully.
However the reconciliation process has not yet begun in Laos and the authorities were not ready to welcome him home.
Lao Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Khenthong Nuanthasing told The Nation that Vang Pao has to face legal implication upon his return.
He was sentenced to death in absentia for Vietnamera war crimes by the Lao People’s Court after the communist take over in 1975, Khentong said.
The Hmong general remained his dream to return home someday. “We’re hoping for reconciliation in the future, but at this time we’re more concerned about the Hmong who were repatriated,” Chai Vang said of his father’s efforts as reported by the newspaper.