February 14, 2008
Long neglected, the Hmong need international help to protect their rights as a marginalized group within
Below is an article published by Al Jazeera:
Leaders of Hmong refugees in
In a letter to the UN, a copy of which Al Jazeera has obtained, Hmong leaders have complained that their population has been reduced from 18,000 to just 7,000 in recent years.
The drastic fall in numbers have been attributed to large number of deaths due to attacks by the Laotian army, diseases and poor living conditions.
The Hmongs fought against the communist nationalists in
The communist authorities are now allegedly targeting them for working with the CIA after the Vietnam War spilled over into
Tens of thousands of refugees were re-settled in Western countries, including the
Many more crossed porous local borders to take refuge in
Thousands remained in the jungles of northern
Last week [Week 6, 2008] the US state department said it was investigating claims of persecution against the Hmong people, as Radio Free Asia reported that the Laotian army now had a "shoot to kill' policy towards the ethnic group.
The UN refugee agency has previously raised concern over the forced return of Hmong refugees by
The agency does not have an office within