FPSS News October 06-OCT-2005
Moua is one of the many Hmong former Special Guerrilla Unit [SGU] members who fought for democracy in the "Laos Secret War" up until the communists seized control of the landlocked country in around 1975.
Many thousands of ethnic Laotians have been forced, over the years, to flee the persecution from the present day communist regime, including Moua, who recently applied for asylum in the United States of America.
US Immigration Attorney, Mr. Curtis B. Sok from Fresno, California, took up his case after hearing that Moua and his wife were facing deportation.
"He already served two terms in the labour camps in Laos because he was labelled as SGU or American collaborator" said Mr. Curtis. "He is now facing deportation back to Laos and I am trying to save him."
On 7 September 2005, Mr. Curtis Sok wrote to FPSS Advocate Kay Danes, a former political prisoner of Laos released 9 November 2001 and asked if she would support Moua"s application for asylum. Kay Danes submitted her affidavit of the atrocities she herself endured and witnessed in the communist prison [Phonthong].
A number of other prominent individuals submitted affidavits, including Edward Szendrey, a retired Chief Investigator for the Butte County, California, District Attorney"s Office. His career in law enforcement spans over thirty-three years including eight years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff"s Department. He is currently a member of the Fact Finding Commission, Oroville, California, that seeks to bring the plight of the Hmong Veterans of the U.S. Secret War in Laos to the attention of the U.S. Congress and the American People.
Edward Szendrey"s graphic testimony told of the Lao communist government"s reason for the genocide of the Hmong.
"It is what they call "the American nail" in the heads of those who were the U.S. allies. They believe that the veterans have an American mentality. They believe this "American Nail" is in the genes and will be passed on to future generations. Because of this, those who are children and grandchildren of the veterans also face death at the hands of the communists" said Szendrey.
Edward Szendrey further reported "When captured the small children are bashed against trees or have their throat cut. The women are raped and a bamboo spear is thrust through their vagina into their chest cavity. The men are dismembered and their penis is stuck in their mouth. The sexual connotation of this torture is that no longer can they reproduce those with the American mentality. One young man we interviewed escaped from Laos in October of 2001. He had been arrested because he was the son of a veteran of the Secret War. He escaped from custody while crossing a river. We asked what allegations were made against him by the communists. He said his interrogations were all about his father"s involvement in the war" said Szendrey.
On October 4, 2005 Mr. Curtis Sok wrote to Kay Danes with confirmation that the US Court had agreed to grant asylum to Moua and his family.
"With your dedication and prayer and of others, the judge granted him withholding status, which means he can stay indefinitely in the U.S. unless the Lao government dramatically changes its behavior. Moua and his wife are very happy and I really appreciate you and your husband's sufferings at the hands of Lao terrorists and argued that the judge accept your letters and affidavit. So did she. This was great victory for all of you fighting for human rights of these Hmong people. I have another Hmong gentle man, who was a former SGU and will be filing motions. Thank you very much for your help."
There are about 30,000 Hmong people living in Fresno California and many of them are former SGU or Chao Fa resistance members. All are peaceful loving people who once fought to bring democracy to Laos. Many perished in battle, hundreds of thousands exiled, many tortured to death in the prisons camps scattered all over Laos. Many are still struggling to survive those prison camps.
"There are so many who are left behind in Laos that wait in hope that people like Curtis Sok, the Szendrey"s and the many others who continue to fight these battles, will not stumble or lose sight of the fact that we have our freedom… and an obligation that goes with that freedom to help those oppressed" says Kay Danes.
Contact for anyone wishing to support these efforts;
Mr. Curtis Sok
US Immigration Attorney
1060 Fulton Mall, Suite 711 1250 Oakmead Parkway, Suite 210
Fresno, California 93721 Sunnyvale, California 93721
Telephone: 559-485-3601 Toll Free No. 1-877-485-3601
Mr. Edward Szendrey
Fact Finding Commission
1566 Huntoon, Street,
Oroville, CA 95965,
Tele: (530) 342-5571.
Foreign Prisoner Support Service