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PRESS RELEASE (english)
16 Apr 2003
Modified: 08:14:18 PM
Lao Human Rights Council, Inc., U.S.A.
P.O. Box 1606
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702

Phone (715) 831-8355
Fax (715) 831-8563
More Than 2,500 Hmong and Lao American People Signed Petitions to Urge
the U.S. Congress to Stop and Oppose NTR to Laos

From April 14 to April 18, 2003, Dr. Vang Pobzeb, Executive Director of the Lao Human Rights Council, Inc. in the United
States and other delegates will submit more than 2,500 letters and petitions from Hmong and Lao American people in
California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alaska, and other states in the United States to the Subcommittee on Trade and the House
Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. These people signed
petitions requesting the U.S. Congress to oppose and to reject Normal Trade Relations for the Communist Lao government
of the Lao People‚?Ts Democratic Republic (LPDR) because of the following reasons:

1. The Communist Lao government of the LPDR and Communist Vietnamese government have conducted "ethnic cleansing
war, genocide, and biological and chemical weapons" against former CIA soldiers and Hmong and Lao people in the
Xaisomboun Special Region, northern Laos, and other provinces in Laos. The actions have killed many thousands of people
in Laos. The war is still going on inside Laos in 2003.

2. Witnesses in Laos have reported that the Communist Lao government of the LPDR and Communist Vietnamese
governments have killed over 300,000 people in Laos in the past 27 years. The "killing fields, genocide and ethnic cleansing
war" in Laos are still going on in 2003.

3. The Communist Lao government of the LPDR and Communist Vietnamese government have committed "war crimes,
crimes against peace and crimes against humanity" in Laos.

4. U.S. Ambassador to the LPDR, Douglas A. Hartwick stated in a report in January 2003, "Many of you remember vividly
that after the Pathet Lao came to power in 1975, still actively assisted by Vietnam, they waged an intensive effort against
Hmong, Khmu and other insurgents who were associated with the previous royal government, leading to the tragic deaths of
thousands." (Public Remarks of Ambassador Douglas A. Hartwick, January 18, 2003, January 25-26, 2003.)

5. Witnesses in Laos reported that the Communist Lao government sponsored more than 10,000 people to demonstrate in
Vientiane, Laos, on March 23, 2002 The main objective of the demonstration sponsored by the LPDR was to condemn the
U.S. government policy toward Saddam Hussein‚?Ts government in Iraq. The demonstration provided true evidence that
there are relations and connections between the Communist Lao government of the LPDR and the Saddam Hussein
government in Iraq. This demonstration also shows that the Communist Lao government supported Saddam Hussein‚?Ts
government‚?Ts engagement in and support of terrorism in the world.

Therefore, the Communist Lao government of the LPDR is not qualified to receive NTR from the U.S. government. Indeed,
the Communist Lao government of the LPDR and its leaders and many officials are well-qualified to be called to an
International Tribunal Court because of the war crimes and genocide committed since 1975 against the people of Laos and
against the King of Laos.

Mr. Vang Thao, President of United Hmong International, Inc. in the United States, and Mr. Pang Blia Vang, President of
Wisconsin Lao Veterans of America, Inc., also sent their letters to the members of the House Ways and Means Committee,
U.S. House of Representatives, and many U.S. Senators. They also are strongly requesting the U.S. Congress to reject and
oppose NTR to the dictatorship and terrorist government of the LPDR.

Released by:

Dr. Vang Pobzeb
Executive Director
Lao Human Rights Council, Inc.
in the United States
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Hey Doc... (english)
16 Apr 2003


Hey Doc,

Who really gives a "muck?" They are communists.. you
don't think any one who reads here has an interest in
helping to stop human rights violations and genocide
by those who pay thier bills? do ya?


Here, they only care about on thing.. their agenda and
"how" they look to others in their circle.. all trying
to climb the totem pole so to say...

Don't give up trying..

MicMac Merc
Protestors (english)
16 Apr 2003

The "60's/70's" protestors are the blame for continued
years of genocide in Vietnam and other areas like it.

And yes MicMac, they are front groups for communist regimes
who want to see the United States under thier control.
This is so sad...... (english)
16 Apr 2003

Soggy Vet..

Thanks for pointing this out. It is so sad it makes me
want to puke. I will ask our association to write letters
based on the facts of the article.

Jimbo (SOA - Laos )