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Section: General News - Thailand has breached international law by forcing 158 recognised Hmong refugees back to Laos along with thousands of asylum-seekers, the UN's refugee agency says, the Bangkok Post reports.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva insists the action was legal as the Hmong were not forced to leave Thailand.
Laos had ensured the safety of the 158 Hmong and their further resettlement in third-party countries, Mr Abhisit said.
The group, which had been held for three years in a detention centre in Nong Khai, was sent back on Monday despite offers of resettlement in other countries because of fears the deportees would be persecuted in Laos.…