The Human Rights Situation in Laos with Particular Emphasis on the Situation of the Hmong People

04-09-2005

The Hmong people of Southeast Asia are believed to have originated in China, and some scholars argue that their customs preserve many elements of an ancient civilisation from an area that is now China. The expansion of the Han Chinese people forced the resisting Hmong and other indigenous minorities to flee southwards into the northern areas of present-day Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, early in the nineteenth century. Due to a constant cycle of rebellions and brutal reprisals, this process continued for several decades.

The Hmong people of Southeast Asia are believed to have originated in China, and some scholars argue that their customs preserve many elements of an ancient civilisation from an area that is now China. The expansion of the Han Chinese people forced the resisting Hmong and other indigenous minorities to flee southwards into the northern areas of present-day Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, early in the nineteenth century. Due to a constant cycle of rebellions and brutal reprisals, this process continued for several decades.

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