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Rights Group Calls on Laos to Release Information on Hmong Protest Leaders
human rights watch says eight protest leaders and their families were sent back to laos .
hmong refugees in huay nam khao camp (file) the refugees had been held at the camp for more than a year .
hmong refugee families st and behind bars at a thai detention centre in nong khai province near thai laos border (file) the report also criticizes thailand's policy of blocking united nations officials from verifying that hmong who go back to laos do so voluntarily .
as cron corben reports from bangkok, human rights watch also wants lao authorities to allow independent witnesses to verify the well being thailand whereabouts of hmong refugees sent back to laos .
a human rights group has called on the lao government to release information regarding several hmong refugees who led protests in thailand earlier this year and were later repatriated to laos .