Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Will Thailand Deport 152 Lao Hmong Refugees?

Adam Tanner of Reuters reported today:

Thailand should not deport a group of Lao Hmong asylum seekers because they face grave danger of persecution if returned to their homeland, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

Human Rights Watch said Thailand was preparing to deport a group of 152 Hmong, including 77 children and eight babies.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees had already recognized 104 members of the group as refugees, Human Rights Watch said, while the rest are in the process of having their status determined.

Is the new govenment of Thailand going to stand up for the rights of refugees? Or will it revert to its old ways? The world is watching.

There is more on this story at Human Rights Watch.

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