February 2005
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Feb2005, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p7
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The article informs that the Laos government has described a report by Amnesty International alleging atrocities by its soldiers against ethnic Hmong as a fabrication. It has suggested that the allegations have been conjured up by people wishing to undermine the administration, in particular to sour relations with the U.S. in order to prevent it from granting Laos normal trade relations status, which has been repeatedly delayed. There is an ongoing danger that U.S.-Lao relations will suffer from differences over human rights, with an associated fall-out possible for trade relations. In the first half of 2004, foreign tourist arrivals rose just 1% y-o-y, according to figures from the Lao National Tourism Authority.


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