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Congressman Tom Garrett

Representing the 5th District of Virginia

Virginia Congressman Seeks Protections for Indigenous Allies in ChaoFa Region

July 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16,2018) — Last week, Representative Tom Garrett (R-VA) submitted H. Res.992, the Hmong Resolution, Condemning the Actions taken by the Lao’s People’s Democratic Republic against the Hmong ChaoFA Indigenous People, and for other purposes in the House of Representatives. 

The Hmong people, an indigenous group with origins tracing back to the ChaoFa region North of Laos, have been facing violent persecution from the Laos military since they collaborated with the United States in the Vietnam War. The United States government should be aware of the prejudicial treatment that the Hmong people are facing and take proactive steps to combat widespread abuses. 

Following introduction of this resolution, Rep. Garrett introduced the following statement: 

“America has a duty to stand alongside our allies across the globe both during and following any military engagement. The Hmong people demonstrated bravery and loyalty to the United States and we cannot simply allow them to fall victim to retribution for their unwavering support to our great nation. It is my hope that H.Res.992 sheds light on a tragic situation and Congress can work towards this resolution of support for the Hmong people.”

James Her, the President of ‘Congress of World Hmong People (CWHP)’ and a steadfast voice in this fight, added, "The Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) denied the on-going killing, murdering, and the use of military campaigns cleaning up the Hmong ChaoFa resistance at all international levels.  We went there and witnessed how the Lao PDR has suppressed this community.  We are urging the U.S. government to provide humanitarian aid to this community.  We, the Hmong, thank the Office of Congressman Garrett and the United States for its recognition of the Hmong situation inside Laos.”

Another organization who has been instrumental in this fight, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), stated: “UNPO and CWHP strongly condemn the ongoing military campaign against the Hmong people by government forces in Laos and applaud the efforts of Congressman Garrett and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in bringing this situation into the public light and standing in solidarity with the Hmong community against the Laos PDR."

More information on H.Res.992 may be found here.