2nd March 2006 "mouvement lao pour lesdroits de l'homme"
The situation of human rights in Laos, and more particularly the fate of
the Lao-Hmong who are being hunted down in the Xaysomboun forests, was
brought up for the first time within the hemicycle of the French National
Assembly in the course of a questions to the government session on Tuesday
28 February 2006, upon the initiative of UMP Deputy Chantal BRUNEL.
The Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) welcomes this initiative of Mrs
Brunel, Deputy of the Seine-et-Marne department, who inquired after the
fate of these thousands of Lao-Hmong men, women, children who are being
"hunted down, assaulted, eliminated little by little in the Lao forests",
and whose rights "have been trampled on for more than thirty years by the
Lao People’s Democratic Republic". Her questions were addressed to the
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The LMHR is glad that Mrs BRUNEL solemnly recalled the unanimous adoption,
on 1st December 2005, of a European Parliament resolution which "condemns
the violations of the freedoms and the rights of the Lao-Hmongs, and calls
for democratic reforms in Laos and multiparty elections under international
Moreover, it is with hope that the LMHR takes note of the declaration that
the French Government made before the National Assembly. The French
Government gave the assurance that "France maintains with the Lao People’s
Democratic Republic an exacting dialogue on the situation of human rights
and individual and collective freedoms", and "in this framework, particular
attention is granted to the situation of the Hmong communities".
The LMHR is also pleased to hear from a French Minister that "France cannot
and will not remain indifferent to the situation of this country", and that
"on the French level, as well as on the European level, a constant watch is
being operated on these issues, so as to constantly take into account the
evolution of the situation on the field".
Knowing the dictatorial nature, the cynicism, and the usual set language of
the leaders of the Lao Unique Party regime, the LMHR invites the French
Members of Parliament to undertake other concrete initiatives, with the
view of helping these populations before it is too late.
The Lao Movement for Human Rights once more calls on the LPDR to respect
the fundamental rights of the Lao people, and to cease immediately the
repression campaign led against these civilians, and begs France, the
European Union, the United Nations, and the whole of the international
community to act firmly, and without further delay to save the Lao-Hmongs
of Xaysimboun, and so that freedom, democracy and human rights are
respected in Laos.