Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 132. Return of Displaced Persons
In 1996, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic stated:
During the war, displacement of Lao children from one locality to another or from one province to another within the country caused few social problems, as according to Lao custom, these children usually stayed with their relatives. The exact number of Lao children who took refuge abroad and subsequently returned is unknown. Nevertheless, the Lao Government, in coordination with UNHCR, has implemented a humanitarian policy outlined in 1977 accepting all Lao refugees, including children, volunteering to return to their country. Repatriated refugees were given assistance in money or in kind, as appropriate.