Human Rights watch Laos calls upon the US Government to review the Senate Resolution of Laos.
04/29/2010

Human Rights watch Laos calls upon the following parties:

1/ The US Government to review the Senate Resolution of Laos and that the US Department request the Lao Government to draw up and implement multiparty elections that is a “fully democratic electoral system” under international monitoring with a focus on national reconciliation and is to begin no later than the National Assembly elections, scheduled to be held in 2012.
2/ The Lao authority to cease the construction of the late President Ho Chi Minh memorial in Laos.

Online PR News – 29-April-2010 – – Human Rights watch Laos calls upon the following parties:

1/ The US Government to review the senate Resolution of Laos and that the US Department request the Lao Government to draw up and implement multiparty elections that is a “fully democratic electoral system” under international monitoring with a focus on national reconciliation and is to begin no later than the National Assembly elections, scheduled to be held in 2012.

2/ The Lao authority to cease the construction of the late President Ho Chi Minh memorial in Laos.

Further, Human Rights watch Laos applauds of Mrs Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of US Department speech with regards to Laos:
“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is my great pleasure to wish the people of Laos a peaceful and prosperous Lao New Year. This is an opportunity to honor Lao culture and heritage, and to come together to welcome new beginnings and new possibilities.
As we commemorate the 55th anniversary of bilateral relations between the United States and Laos, I look forward to working together to broaden the partnership between our governments and deepen the friendship between our people.”

Stop the construction of the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Statue in Laos.

The construction of the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Statue in Laos is a clear violation of the national sovereignty and integrity of Laos. Although Ho Chi Minh has passed away, the repressive and genocide regime and ideology that he founded in 1930 is still prevalent today. Ho’s plan to establish a greater Vietnam by taking over its neighbours, is slowly being implemented and carried out today by the current puppet Lao party leaders to the Hanoi government. The paper “Vietnam’s Tay Tien expansion into Laos and Cambodia” presented at the National Conference in 2007 by Michael Mike clearly outlines the neo-colonizing of Laos.

As the President of Human Rights Watch Laos, I would like to appeal to H.E. Mr Choumaly Sayasone, president of Lao PDR, to cease the construction of the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Statue in Laos as the memorial is a symbol of atrocities and oppression to our forefathers.

Human Rights Watch Laos, Inc. Public Statement:

Following the meeting with Ms Jeannie Henderson, Director of the Laos Section of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australian Government on Thursday 22 April 2010 at Canberra.
She provided a brief with regards to the relationship and the cooperation of Lao PDR and Australia. She also provided confirmation that Australian delegate will be attending the UN Human Rights Caucus meeting to be held in May 2010 as the Australian Government is seriously concerned about the welfare of the 47 refugees – Hmong returnees. They also took part in visiting the Hmong returnees last year.

Mr Tim Bolotnikoff, Executive Officer of the Human Rights and Indigenous Issues Section also spoke about the Human Rights situation in Laos and accepted the request made by the Human Rights Watch Laos to take part with regards to issues surrounding Laos in the future, in cooperation with Human Rights Australia.

Research:

The Human Rights in Australian noted many issues within Laos and reports the following findings:
- An increase in political prisoners from 3 during 1990 & 1992 to 5 in 1999.
- 16 Political prisoners in Vangtao in 2000, and
- 9 Political prisoners in the month of November 2009.

Proposal:

Human Rights Watch Laos proposes to:

1/ Mr Stephen Phillip, MP. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Australia Government:
- To call for a democratic electoral system, with openly contested, free and fair elections by secret ballot and the encouragement of Laotians abroad to return to Laos;
- To set up a round table meeting between Lao PDR and ILCR in Australia to cease this current conflict by restoring peace, with the intention to develop the country: and
- To support the International Communities and the United Nations to liaise with Vietnam to allow the Laos authorities to join the National Reconciliation between Lao PDR and ILCR.

2/ Senator Micheal Forshaw , Chairman Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to review the letter accompanied with 3 books provided to the committee on 13 November 2009 from the Human Rights Watch Laos and International Lao Council for Reconciliation.

Canberra, 29 April 2010.
President of Human Rights Watch Laos, Inc.
MR Bounkhong Arounsavat

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