Lao Human Rights Council

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The Lao Human Rights Council, Inc. (LHRC) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental (NGO) refugee and human rights organization. It is based nationally, and internationally, with chapters in Colorado, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Lao Human Rights Council, Inc. researches, and provides information and education regarding the plight of Laotian and Hmong people, and refugees persecuted in Laos, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Thailand.[1][2] It was founded by Dr. Pozbeb Vang, Vang Pobzeb of Greenbay Wisconsin.[3] The Lao Human Rights Council, Inc. is currently headed by Vaughn Vang, an educator, and former political refugee from the Royal Kingdom of Laos, who is a Hmong-American—and who was born, and grew up, in Laos prior to the North Vietnamese invasion of Laos and Marxist takeover in 1975.[4]

Human rights and refugee work

The LHRC researches and educates the public about the plight of Laotian and Hmong refugees seeking political asylum in Thailand and third countries after fleeing the Pathet Lao government's, and Lao People's Army's political persecution, religious persecution and military attacks.[5][6][7][8][9][10] The LHRC, and other human rights, and non-governmental organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have raised concerns about the disappearance of political and religious leaders, and civic activists, including Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone and others. The LHRC has also raised repeated concerns about Lao People's Army (LPA) persecution and attacks against minority religious and political dissident groups and unarmed Hmong civilians, including the reported 2013 LPA attack that left four Hmong school teachers dead.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Efforts on forced repatriation

The LHRC and its President, Vaughn Vang, opposed the forced repatriation of some 15,000 ethnic Lao-Hmong refugees from Ban Huay Nam Khao, Petchabun Province, Thailand, from 2007-2010. The LHRC assisted Laotian and Hmong refugees seeking political asylum at the Buddhist temple at Wat Tham Krabok, Thailand.[18][19]

See also

External links

  • [1] Lao Human Rights Council, Inc. website


  1. ^ Kulachada Chaipipat, Kulachada, The Nation, Bangkok, Thailand, (14 June 2000) "Lao govt accused of persecuting Hmong"
  2. ^ Bonner, Brian (30 January 1997) Knight-Ridder/ Tribune News Service, "Human rights in Laos still poor, U.S. says."
  3. ^ Wisconsin State Journal (19 June 1996) "RESETTLEMENT FIGHT APPEARS FAR FROM OVER."
  4. ^ Lao Human Rights Council, Inc. website
  5. ^ UNPO ,(21 January 2010) "UNPO: Legislators appeal to Laos to aid Hmong"
  6. ^ Reuters, Reuters News, Washington, D.C. & Bangkok, Thailand,(31 January 2010) "Laos, Thailand Hmong Refugee Crisis: US Congress Urges UN Access, Resettlement Abroad"
  7. ^ Corben, Ron, Voice of America News, via Federal News Service, (31 August 2006) "VOA NEWS: LAOS DENIES ATTACKS ON HMONG, AS ACTIVISTS REPORT ABUSES IN LAOS, THAILAND THAILAND"
  8. ^ China Weekly News, (16 February 2010) "Laos, Thailand Hmong Refugee Crisis: US Congress Urges UN Access, Resettlement Abroad."
  9. ^ Zarling, Patti, Green Bay Press Gazette, Green Bay, Wisconsin (14 February 2010) "Hmong refugees sent to remote camp"
  10. ^ Zarling, Patti, Green Bay Press Gazette, Green Bay, Wisconsin (30 December 2009) "Area Hmong worried for relatives overseas"
  11. ^ Businesswire, (4 March 2013) "Laos: Attacks Intensify Against Lao, Hmong People"
  12. ^ Politics and Government Week, (21 March 2013), "Laos: Attacks Intensify against Lao, Hmong People"
  13. ^ Business Wire,, Washington, D.C. (12 April 2013) "Laos: Coalition Opposes U.S. Taxpayers’ Funding of Bomb Removal From Vietnam War"
  14. ^ Politics and Government Week, (2 May 2013) "Laos: Coalition Opposes U.S. Taxpayers' Funding of Bomb Removal from Vietnam War"
  15. ^ Smith, Philip, Centre for Public Policy Analysis (9 September 2013) "Lao Hmong Refugee Crisis"
  16. ^ Weiner, Tim, New York Times (11 May 2008)"Vang Pao's Last War"
  17. ^ Scoop Independent News, Auckland, New Zealand, (15 April 2013) "Laos: Opposition to US Funding of Bomb Clearing From Vietnam"
  18. ^ China Weekly News, (13 January 2009) "Hmong Crisis: Thailand's PM Abhisit, Gen. Anupong Mobilize Army to Force Hmong Refugees to Laos."
  19. ^ Asia Business Newsweekly (12 January 2010) "Senate Questions U.S.-Thailand Military Funding as Anupong, Abhisit Move To Force Hmong to Laos."
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