Polish Senator Pleas for Lao Freedom Fighters
The attached letter was written by a Member of the Polish Senate to the Thai Ambassador in Warsaw, Poland.
The Honorable Sbigniew Romaszewski poignantly explains to the Thai Ambassador that the extradition of the Lao freedom fighters to the Lao PDR will result in an en masse execution without trial.
We express our appreciation to
Mr. Bounthanh Thammavong, a senior member of the democratic movement for Laos in Poland, for his tireless effort. Mr. Thammavong has intensely lobbied the legislature and diplomatic corps in Poland for the humane treatment of the Lao freedom fighters now incarcerated in Thailand. Mr. Thammavong can be reached at:
Organization of Lao Students For Independence and Democracy
Ul. Mlynska 21/23.
40-096 Katowice. Poland
Tel. +48-32 2538-851. Telfax. +48-32 2539-529. 256-5307
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SENATE OF REPUBLIC OF POLAND Warsaw, 10,August,2000.
Commission of Human Rights and Law-Abidance
Nobphorn J. Karnkit
Royal Ambassador of Thailand to Poland
Last days I was informed about incidents, which had placed of passage border between Thailand and Laos in Vang Tao on 03, July, 2000, and about fact that 27 Laotian rebels were arrested by authorities of Thailand.
I would like to ask Your Ambassador for response if is it true, that Authorities of Thaland consider a possible for extradition those Laotain rebels to Laos?
I decided to write the letter to Your Ambassador, because minding of the national situation in Laos I am afraid of that if giving those rebels to Lao authorities means death for them.
I think that refusing the extradition those rebels to country, in which they will be under penalty of death , is one of more important standard of Human Rights.
As the Chairman of Senate Commission for Human Rights and Law-Abidance of Republic of Poland, I am very sentisive to using
Yours very Sincerely
Chairman of Senate Commission for Human Rights and Law-Abidance
Senator Zbigniew Romaszewski