Two Long-Time Laotian Political Prisoners Released
UNESCO Hails Release Of Two Long-Time Laotian Political Prisoners
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the release of two long-time Laotian political prisoners whose freedom the agency has sought for many years.
Latsami Khamphoui, a former Deputy Minister for the Economy and Planning and Feng Sakchittaphong, a former senior officer of the Justice Ministry, both behind bars since 1990, arrived with their families in France today and will be given medical care.
“A humanitarian campaign of
several years is today crowned with success, which will give
heart to all those who fight for freedom of expression and
human dignity,” Paris-based UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro
Matsuura said. “The fate of these two men, both in an
alarming state of health, was a source of deep concern to