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Center for Public Policy Analysis
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Center for Public Policy Analysis
2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Ph. 202-543-1444

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Jade Her or Philip Smith

PHOTO: Former U.S. Ambassador H. Eugene Douglas Honored by NGOs, Lao and Hmong-Americans

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C./EWORLDWIRE/Jan. 24, 2014 --- Former U.S. Ambassador H. Eugene Douglas is being memorialized and honored 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.

Born Howard Eugene Douglas in 1940, he died 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. (http://www.centerforpublicpolicyanalysis.org)

"We are very sad to learn about the tragic loss of Ambassador Douglas. A thoughtful, articulate and compassionate person, he gave an important voice in public policy circles to the plight of persecuted ethnic minority peoples such as the Hmong in Laos and Thailand, the Ethiopian Jewish community, Sudanese Christians and refugees as well as Ukrainians who suffered in the Soviet Union.

"We highlight and remember that Ambassador Douglas undertook extraordinary efforts to provide critical humanitarian assistance and help grant political asylum to thousands of persecuted Lao, Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian and other Southeast Asian refugees who fled in the years following the Vietnam War when he served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Refugee Affairs under President Ronald Reagan.

"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," stated Colonel Wangyee Vang, president of the Lao Veterans of America Institute (LVAI).

"U.S. Ambassador Douglas was an advocate for human rights for suffering Laotian, Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian and other Southeast Asian refugee populations who fled persecution," said Bounthanh Rathigna, president of the United League for Democracy in Laos (ULDL).

Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Ph.D., a Vietnam War historian, commented: "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 addressed human rights violations against Lao Hmong people," stated Vaughn Vang, president of the Lao Human Rights Council (LHRC).

NGOs honoring Ambassador Douglas include CPPA, LVAI, ULDL, LHRC, Lao Veterans of America Inc., Hmong Advance Inc., and Hmong Advancement Inc.

Ambassador Douglas also served on the policy planning staff of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Presidential Commission on the Ukrainian Famine. Douglas was a Navy officer.

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Jade Her
Center for Public Policy Analysis
2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006
PHONE. 2025431444

Philip Smith
Center for Public Policy Analysis
2020 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20006
PHONE. 2025431444

KEYWORDS: Center for Public Policy Analysis, Ambassador Douglas, Howard Eugene Douglas, H. Eugene Douglas, refugees, human rights, Texas, Southeast Asia, Laos, Hmong, Vietnam, Thailand, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Sudan, Dallas, Austin, Texas, Ronald Reagan, Washington, asylum, persecution, torture, famine, Lao, Cambodia, Philip Smith,

SOURCE: Center for Public Policy Analysis


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