World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Former U.S. Ambassador honored and memorialized today

January 22, 2014, Washington, D.C., Austin and Dallas, Texas

Former U.S. Ambassador Howard Eugene Douglas is being honored and memorialized today by the Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) and a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Lao and Hmong-American human rights and refugee groups, following his reported sudden death in Dallas, Texas on January 17.

“Ambassador Douglas was a key thinker and leader on national security and foreign policy matters, including human rights, refugee and humanitarian assistance issues, as well as religious freedom concerns, especially during critical and pivotal years of the Cold War and its aftermath,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the CPPA in Washington, D.C. “We are sad to learn about the tragic loss of Ambassador Douglas; He was a thoughtful, articulate and compassionate person who gave an important voice in public policy circles to the plight of persecuted ethnic minority peoples such as the Hmong people in Laos and Thailand, the Ethiopian Jewish community, Sudanese Christians and refugees as well as Ukrainians who suffered under the former Soviet Union.” http://www.centerforpublicpolicyanalysis.org

The NGOs memorializing Ambassador Douglas include the: CPPA, LVAI, United League for Democracy in Laos (ULDL), Lao Veterans of America, Inc. , Hmong Advance, Inc., Hmong Advancement, Inc., and the Lao Human Rights Council.

“It is important to highlight and remember that Ambassador Douglas undertook extraordinary efforts to provide critical humanitarian assistance and grant political asylum to thousands of persecuted Lao, Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian and other Southeast Asia refugees who fled in the years following the Vietnam War when he served asU.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Refugee Affairs under President Reagan from 1981-85,” Smith observed.

Additionally, Douglas served in various public capacities including on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Alexander Haig. He was a member of the Presidential Commission on the Ukrainian Famine. He was also a retired U.S. Navy commissioned officer, intelligence analyst and naval commander.

Smith continued: “Ambassador Douglas helped to raise awareness about, and save, countless Vietnamese boat people, Cambodians fleeing the ‘Killing Fields’ of Pol Pot, tortured Ukrainian dissidents, Ethiopian Jews facing genocide, as well as Laotian, Hmong and Sudanese refugees suffering repression, brutal military attacks and religious persecution .”

“Our Lao and Hmong people honor the life of Ambassador Douglas and his tireless efforts to assist us over the years, especially when we suffered as refugees under horrific conditions in communist Laos, and Thailand,” said Colonel Wangyee Vang, President of the Lao Veterans of America Institute (LVAI).

Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt, a Vietnam War historian and colleague of Douglas, stated: “Ambassador Douglas was so important in the lives of Hmong refugees during his tenure as Ambassador-at- Large for Refugee Affairs under President Ronald Reagan.”

“Ambassador Douglas was an advocate for human rights for suffering Laotian, Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian and other Southeast Asian refugee populations,” said Bounthanh Rathigna, President of the ULDL

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ban Condemns Killing Of Former Lesotho Military Commander

United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru. More>>

Ban Welcomes US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Ban welcomes US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing right to same-sex marriage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida More>>

UN Agency Welcomes EU Measures On Refugee Arrivals

Afghan refugees in front of the abandoned hotel Captain Elias on Kos Island, Greece, where hundreds of refugees and migrants are waiting for their registration. Photo: UNHCR/J. Akkash More>>

Increase In Voluntary Blood Donors Can Save Millions Of Lives

Increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives, UN health agency says on World Day More>>

Kenya: Funding Shortage Means Food Cut To 500,000 Refugees

Funding shortage forces UN agency to temporarily cut food aid to 500,000 refugees in Kenya More>>

UN Launches Education Appeal In Fight Against Child Labour

12 June 2015 – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment ... More>>

Pope Francis & UN Agency On Sustainability Of Agriculture

Pope Francis (centre) with delegates to the 39th FAO Conference during a special audience at the Vatican. Photo: FAO More>>

South Sudan: Call For De-Escalation Of In-Country Conflict

Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich More>>

Burundi: Emergency Support To Refugees Fleeing Burundi Crisis

Burundians fleeing pre-election violence rest on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a gruelling 22-hour boat journey. More than 100,000 Burundians have fled over the past month, arriving in Tanzania, Rwanda and ... More>>

Afghanistan: Commitment To Advancing Women's Rights

While the outgoing senior United Nations rights official in Afghanistan said she expected the human rights advances made “will be sustained, will not be rolled back, and will not be sacrificed,” she lamented the high level of violence against ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news