Hmong in Isolation: Atrocities against the Hmong in Laos

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has released a report documenting an increase in military attacks and repression of the Hmong community indigenous to the Xaisomboun region of Laos. Driven by animosity and distrust of the Hmong and foreign investment projects in the mining, timber and tourism sectors, the government has, over the past two years, stepped up its campaign to eliminate the Hmong from the region or force them into military-controlled settlements. This culminated in March with the total sealing off of the area around the Phou Bia mountain, Loas' biggest mountain and a home to the Hmong, for all but military personnel, to enable a final push to remove the Hmong from the area.