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News :: Human Rights
Akha wife of American Activist Persecuted By US Immigration!
10 Aug 2005
An Akha woman from Thailand who together with her American
husband Matthew McDaniel fought to protect Akha human
rights in Thailand has repeatedly seen her visa to the US
delayed. The family sees this as direct retaliation for
their human rights work.
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Akha wife of American Activist Persecuted By US Immigration!

An Akha woman from Thailand who together with her American
husband Matthew McDaniel fought to protect Akha human
rights in Thailand has repeatedly seen her visa to the US
delayed. The family sees this as direct retaliation for
their human rights work.

In 2004, American activist for Akha Human Rights in
Thailand filed a petition to the UN to report the murder
and torture of Akha people in Thailand at the hands of the
US funded Drug War.

Shortly there after filing the report, Matthew McDaniel
was deported from Thailand by the Thai government with the
knowledge and consent of the US Embassy.

Now more than a year later, his wife and four US passport
holding children remain stranded in South East Asia.

The US Immigration department said that marriages in Akha
society are not proof of marriage and that neither are
sworn statements filed with the petition, or four children
from 8 months to older than five years.

While touting family values in the US, the US government
cares nothing for this family, or what happens to them.
This is Uncle Sam’s dark side.

Meanwhile, US missionaries continue to take Akha children
away from their traditional families, and then tell
sponsors in the west that the children are orphans in
order to gain funds from donors. Funds are spent on
building huge compounds, buying new trucks and living a
good western style life in Thailand while the Akha grow
increasingly poor. The missionaries say little about
human rights abuses or the theft of Akha farm lands by the
Thai government. Their history dates back to the CIA and
Air America in Thailand. Sex abuse in mission schools is
cited as common by missionary workers.

American missionaries are not allowed in Laos which was
heavily bombed by the US during the war, the heaviest
bombed country in the world, with a population now barely
6 million. Thousands of unexploded ordinance remains in
Laos and contiues to maim the Laotian people.

Matthew McDaniel has been an Akha human rights activist
for 15 years. He continues to speak publicly, has
repeatedly traveled to the UN in New York and Geneva, and
continues his support and service to the Akha people.

To support his work in South East Asia to assist the Akha
people, or to help his family while they continue to wait
outside the United States, you may make a donation at
https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=akha%40akha.org

Questions or comments can be sent to akha (at) akha.org

Much more information can be found at http://www.akha.org
See also:
http://www.akha.org

This work is in the public domain
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