Jailed Hmong refugees from Laos may not go on to third countries, says Thai official

BANGKOK, Thailand: Thailand’s government said Tuesday that it may not allow a group of ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers from Laos to go to third countries, despite their U.N.-certified status as refugees and offers of resettlement abroad.

Some 149 Hmong recently staged a hunger strike to protest the harsh conditions under which they are being held at the immigration detention center in Nong Khai, 500 kilometers (310 miles) northeast of Bangkok, where they have been held for nine months.

The Hmong say they fear political persecution in Laos. ….

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