Re: European Parliament Condemns Laos
- From: "Tshua" <pujtoogmuamnkaujfa@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 6 Dec 2005 17:31:21 -0800
Seing the European Parliament's resolution to pressure the LPDR for
changes ua rau kuv nco txog Dr. Vang Pobzeb. Following was his plea
for the European Parliament to help in Laos. Txawm nws ncaim peb lawm
los nws tus ntsuj plig yuav roos thiab pab haiv Hmong.
The work of Dr. Pobzeb cannot be forgotten.
November 2, 2001
The Honorable Guenter Burghardt
Ambassador to the United States from
The European Union
2300 M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Dear Ambassador Burghardt:
The purpose of this letter is to appeal to the members of the European
Union and European Parliament to consider the following proposals for
peace, freedom, democracy, justice, liberty and human rights for people
To request the European Union and European Parliament to demand the
communist Lao government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR)
to release all political prisoners and religious leaders and democracy
activists in Laos, including Thongpaseuth Keuakhoun, Seng-Aloun
Phengphanh, Khamphouvieng Sisa-at, Bouavanh Chanmanivong and Keochay
and other people who were arrested by the communist Lao government of
the LPDR on October 26, 1999, and also the five European democracy
activists who were arrested by the communist Lao government on October
26, 2001 in Vientiane, Laos. They are: Olivier Dupuis from Belgium;
Nikolay Khramov from Russia; and Massino Lensi, Silvia Manzi and Bruno
Mellano from Italy.
To demand that the communist Lao government of the LPDR must respect
the principles of human rights, democracy and justice, the Charter of
the United Nations and international human rights laws.
To demand that the communist Lao government of the LPDR and communist
Vietnamese government must stop the ethnic cleansing war, genocide,
bioterrorism, terrorism and biological and chemical warfare against
Hmong and Lao people in Laos.
To demand that the communist Lao government of the LPDR must comply to
the "European Parliament Resolution on the human rights situation in
the Lao People's Democratic Republic" on February 15, 2001.
To bring a true peace and democracy to Laos based upon the Paris
International Peace Agreements on Indochina of 1973.
To cut off economic and foreign assistance to the communist Lao
government of the LPDR because this communist government has been
committing "war crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against
humanity" in Laos. This is because the communist governments of Laos
and Vietnam have killed more than 300,000 people in Laos from 1975 to
2001. On October 25, 2001, Radio Free Asia Lao Service in Washington,
D.C., reported that the communist Lao government of the LPDR has
prepared "five (5) military divisions" to conduct the war against Hmong
and Lao people who are opposed to the policy of the LPDR in Laos.
We appreciate and honor the demonstrations against human rights
violations in Vientiane, Laos, by the five European democracy activists
on October 26, 2001. They have done excellent work for peace, freedom,
democracy and human rights for Hmong and Lao people in Laos.
Many witnesses in Laos are reporting that the communist Vietnamese
government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam sent more than five
Vietnamese military divisions to assist, support and direct the
communist Lao government of the LPDR to conduct an ethnic cleansing
war, genocide, biological and chemical warfare against Hmong and Lao
people in Laos. The actions of these two governments have violated the
Charter of the United Nations, human rights laws and international
The European Union, European Parliament and the U.S. government have
promoted peace, freedom, democracy and human rights around the world.
Therefore, we would like to request the European Union, European
Parliament and the U.S. government to bring a true peace, freedom,
democracy and human rights to people in Laos too. We appreciate that
the European Parliament approved the European Resolution on Laos on
February 15, 2001.
Thank you very much for your consideration of the above proposals. We
would like to hear your responses.
Respectfully submitted ,
Dr. Vang Pobzeb
Lao Human Rights Council, Inc.
in the United States
> Like a turtle slowly but surely the tide seems to be turning. Let's
> hope, let's keep working so that some constructive result are
> cultivated out of this. The human pursue of justice and freedom is the
> expression of the Universe seeking balance. For the last 50 years, Laos
> have been out of balance, each of you is given an opportunity to
> "choose" which side of the scale you want to live and express. There is
> no right or wrong, only choices. Unbelanceness will eventually cause
> the scale to reset itself, humanity will forget, and everything will
> start all over again.
> Press release Brussels, 1 December 2005
> The European Parliament condemns the violations of freedoms and calls
> for multi-party elections under international supervision
> The European Parliament, during a mini plenary session in Brussels,
> adopted on Thursday December 1st, 2005, a resolution condemning the
> serious violations of humans right in Laos, denouncing the "appalling
> repression" against the Lao-Hmongs populations in Xaysomboun, and
> calling, the first time, for " a speedy holding of multiparty elections
> under international monitoring'', with the participation of the
> Laotians from abroad.
> The Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) welcomes this historical
> decision of the members of Parliament from 25 European Convention
> countries, and thanks them for this support to the Lao people without
> right and voice.
> For the LMHR, the solemn vote of this resolution, one day before the
> 30th anniversary of the seizure of power by the Communist Party on
> December 2, 1975 in Laos, is an unprecedented snub for the Lao
> totalitarian leaders.
> The resolution on "the human rights situation in Cambodia, Laos and
> Vietnam", to which the LMHR contributed to the preliminary works,
> denounces "the limit freedom of expression, of the press, of assembly
> and of religion", condemns the treatment inflicted to the "leaders of
> the Movement of October 26, 1999", and the "abuses against the
> Lao-Hmong people, whose humanitarian situation remains appalling''.
> During the plenary debate, which lasted one hour, thirteen members of
> the European Parliament spoke to denounce the exactions made by the
> "authoritarian régime" which a speaker even described as a "pink
> Mafia", while the European Council, through the voice of the British
> minister Ian PEARSON, warned that the European Council was going to
> take measures to remedy this situation by sanctions.
> The European Parliament asked the Lao authorities "to release all
> political prisoners and prisoners of conscience", and "to undertake
> political reforms leading to democracy and the rule of law, starting
> through a multi-party system and the right for all currents of opinion
> to express their views".
> During the vote of the text, an oral amendment, supported by the right
> and left political groups, was introduced to require the one Party
> leaders "to draw up and implement as soon as possible all the necessary
> reforms required to democratize the Country, guarantee the peaceful
> expression of political opposition, and ensure a speedy holding of
> multiparty elections under international monitoring with a view to a
> national reconciliation".
> The LMHR is delighted by this request of the European Parliament, and
> invites the international community to act with firmness, and to
> maintain the pressure, including economic, on the Lao regime , so that
> the contents of this resolution are applied without delay.
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