Laos: Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th June 2009.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make further representations to the Lao government about the welfare and political status of the prisoners Thao Mua, Pa Fue Khang, Thonpaseuth Keuakoun, Seng-Aloun Phengphanh and Bouavanh Chanhmanivong.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Our embassy in Bangkok, which is accredited to Laos, asked the Lao authorities on 15 May 2009 and again on 21 May 2009 for an update on the current situation of these prisoners. The Lao authorities have however responded saying that they are unable to provide any additional information to that supplied in 2008 concerning these men.

We will continue to raise our concerns with the relevant Lao authorities whenever the opportunity arises.

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