Thai military authorities say they will send about 4,000 Hmong living in a Thai refugee camp back to Laos by the end of the year, despite concerns they may face political persecution.
A military spokesman on Wednesday confirmed to VOA that Thailand will repatriate the Hmong within about a week.
They have been living at the Huay Nam Khao camp in Thailand's northern Petchabun province.
Many of the Hmong at the camp fear persecution by Lao authorities if they are sent back and are believed to want political asylum.
Thailand says they will be repatriated on a voluntary basis, but has n
Elements of the Royal Thai Third Army and Thai military, at the apparent orders of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit, Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and Army Chief General Anupong, have dramatically increased pressure and coercive measures on Lao Hmong refugees prior to the Southeast Asia Games (SEAG or SEA Games)as more soldiers are being sent to Ban Huay Nam Khao and Nong Khai, Thailand.
Prior to the SEA Games, in recent weeks, elements of the Thai Third Army and Ministry of Interior have loaded and removed nearly a half dozen Army truck loads of forks, knives and spoons that have been seize
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Newly deployed elements of the Royal Thai Third Army, backed by Ministry of Interior ( MOI ) troops, have opened fire with machine guns on Lao Hmong political refugees and asylum seekers at a refugee camp at Ban Huay Khao, Petchabun Province, Thailand in an effort to intimidate them and force them back to the communist regime in Lao they fled.
“Today, Prime Minister Abhisit and General Anupong have, ironically, ordered the use of U.S.
Because there were two more defendants added to the group of 10 already in court...the new attorneys say they need time to review the 85,000 documents and to add other documents in defense of the new defendants.
The Judge has scheduled a "Status Hearing" for March 15, 2010 back at the Federal Court in Sacramento.
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