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Huay Namkhao Hmongs: No Return To Laos Without UN Involvement


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A key leader of Hmongs at Huay Namkhao camp in the Khaokhor District of Phetchaboun Province in northeastern Thailand insists that his people will not voluntarily return to Laos until there is either an involvement of the United Nation or the other international agencies in their repatriation process. Although Thai 3rd Regional Army have employed measures or tactics to put a pressure on them to return to Laos, there is only a small number of Huay Namkhao Hmongs has voluntarily returned as the majority of them is concerned about their safety after they have returned. Therefore, their leader urges Lao and Thai authorities to allow UNHCR representatives to closely monitor their well-beings and safety after they are sent back to Laos.

However, Thai and Lao authorities reaffirm that they will absolutely not allow any third party to be involved with Huay Namkhoa Hmongs issue as they consider that these Hmongs are illegal immigrants who sneaked into Thailand versus refugees who fled Laos due to war or political conflicts.At the same time, Lao authorities also reaffirm that they are ready to receive these Hmongs any time upon they go back from Huay Namkhao camp.
And, the Thai authorities insist that they will repatriate all Huay Namkhao Hmongs to Laos by November, next month, or before Laos hosts the 25th SEA Games in early December without differentiating between those who used to serve with CIA and those who did not, despite of the fact that Thai authorities acknowledged that about 8% of them could have been involved with CIA in Laos during the Indochina war.

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