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Lao Movement for Human Rights ( LMHR)
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Press release Paris, 26 August 2008



LAOS : HUMAN RIGHTS

Worries of Members of the European Parliament : ‘’an independant fact finding commission’’ to the country.

Members of the European Parliament expressed their concerns on the human rights situation in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR), announcing their wish for an’’ independant fact finding commission’’ to be sent soon to the country.

The announce was made at the conclusion of a public hearing, organised on Monday 25 August 2008 by the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament in Brussells ( Belgium), in which participated a delegation from the Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR), leaded by its president, Vanida S. THEPHSOUVANH.

During this hearing on ‘’ human rights in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam’’, the president of the LMHR exposed the ‘’ hidden face in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, a régime that has never ceased to transgress international rules on human rights for the past 33 years’’.

She underlined the absence of the basic freedoms in Laos, the enduring problems linked to a non transparent governance, a generalised corruption, a worrying increase of synthetic drugs, a transborder human traffic, a non respect of the rights for education and health.
Reminding that the leaders of the ‘’ Student Movement of 26 October 1999’’ were always in prison in spite of the statement from the president of the Lao National Parliament assuring ‘’ they were all released in 2006’’, the president of the LMHR also gave details concerning violations of ethnic minorities, the endless violent campaign against the Christians, and the deplacement of population too often for political reasons.

She also recalled that, in its Resolution of December 1st, 2005, the European Parliament urged the LPDR authorities "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".

At the end of the hearing, the president of the subcommittee, Hélène FLAUTRE ( Green, France), announced that initiatives will be taken in a near future, specially on the creation of an
‘’ independant fact finding commission’’ to investigate inside the country.
The attitude of the Lao leaders regarding human rights were also denounced on this hearing, where, unlike the Cambodian and Vietnamese ambassadors, the LPDR ambassador to the European Union judged unnecessary to participate.