Press release - Friday 26 August 2005
The Lao Movement for Humans Right (LMHR) learned with deep emotion
and infinite sadness the passing away of Dr. Pozeb VANG, a true human
Founder of the Lao Human Rights Council, for which he has ensured the
presidency with devotion and efficiency since 1987, Dr. Pozeb VANG
dedicated his life to the values of freedom, justice and basic rights of
the Lao people, particularly Lao-Hmong persecuted in the Lao People's
Democratic Republic ( LPDR).
As recent as July 2005, he was still in Geneva, participating with
the UN 23rd session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations. On
that opportunityn he launched a strong appeal in favour of the
Lao-Hmongs population, especially those tracked by the LPDR soldiers in
the jungle of Laos since 1975, and those threatened of extradition by the
The LMHR pays homage to the memory of this great human rights defender
and presents its heartfelt condolences to his family, to his close
relations and to his associates at the Lao Human Rights Council.
U.S. Congressional Forum on Laos
February 5, 2002
Members of the U.S. Congress, Senators, President
and Secretary of State, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am Dr. Vang Pobzeb. I am the Executive Director of the Lao Human Rights Council, Inc., in the United States. I am pleased to have the opportunity to report to you about the current and true situation in Laos.
Witnesses in Laos continue to report that the Communist Lao government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR) and the Communist Vietnamese government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have killed more than 300,000 people in Laos in the past 26 years (1975-2002). Of this number, about 46,000 victims included the King, Queen and other Royal Lao family members and other Hmong and Lao officials and high-military-ranking officers and former CIA soldiers and their family members and associates. The Communist Lao government of the LPDR killed these victims in concentration camps in Laos. Consequently, the Communist Lao and Vietnamese governments have committed "war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity."
Many witnesses in Laos and the Fact-Finding Commission on Human Rights Violations in Laos of 2002 reported that many thousands of Vietnamese and Communist Lao soldiers are stationed in more than 17 locations inside Laos. The objectives of the Vietnamese soldiers in Laos are to direct and support the Communist Lao soldiers and government to conduct genocide, ethnic cleansing and biological and chemical warfare against Hmong and Lao people in Laos. In 1975, the Vietnam War was over for the U.S. government, but the war is not over for Hmong and Lao people. This is because the Communist Lao and Vietnamese governments have been conducting the war and genocide against former CIA soldiers and other people in Laos since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 and continue to do so today. The war in Laos is an international war.
In April 1999, Communist Lao authorities and security officers of the LPDR arrested and imprisoned Mr. Houa Ly and Michael Vang in Laos. The victims are Hmong-American citizens. In 1993 the Communist Lao government arrested and imprisoned Mr. Vue Mai, a leader of Hmong returnees in Laos. In October 1999, the Communist Lao government arrested and imprisoned Mr. Thongpraseuth Keua Koun along with many students and other people who demonstrated against the LPDR in Vientiane. Witnesses in Laos have reported that the Communist Lao government has arrested and imprisoned more than 250 Hmong and Lao Christian leaders, pastors, and members of Christian churches and closed down more than 60 Christian churches in Laos. The Communist Lao government of the LPDR have forced many thousands of people in Laos to renounce their belief and faith in the Christian religion. Witnesses in Laos have reported that the Communist Lao government has imprisoned about 25,000 people in Laos since 1990.
Five-Point Peace Proposal for Laos
I am pleased to have the opportunity to propose the following five-point peace proposal to the U.S. government to consider:
Thank you very much to Mr. Philip Smith, Director of the Center for Public Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C., for your excellent work to promote democracy, freedom and human rights for people in Laos.
- The U.S. government and other governments which signed the Paris Peace Agreement on Indochina of March 2, 1973, should conduct an International Peace Conference to stop the war in Laos and to bring a true peace to Laos.
- The U.S. government and the United Nations should pressure the Communist Vietnamese soldiers to get out of Laos completely.
- The U.S. government and the United Nations should pressure the Vietnamese government and other foreign governments to stop providing and supplying military materials, weapons, guns, missiles and equipment to the Communist Lao government of the LPDR to conduct the war in Laos.
- The U.S. government and the United Nations should pressure the Communist Lao government of the LPDR to allow the International Red Cross and international human rights organizations to provide food, medicine and other basic human needs and assistance to Hmong and Lao people in the countryside in Laos.
- The U.S. government should continue to pressure to the Communist Lao government of the LPDR to return Mr. Houa Ly and Michael Vang to their family members in the United States. The U.S. government should also pressure the Communist Lao government to release other political prisoners in Laos.
Dr. Vang Pobzeb
Lao Human Rights Council, Inc.
in the United States