Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero to Travel to Laos and Thailand

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 5, 2012

Under Secretary María Otero will travel to Laos June 7 to 8 and to Thailand June 9 to 12.

In Laos, Under Secretary Otero will engage in bilateral discussions with senior government officials on topics such as unexploded ordnance (UXO), U.S.-Laos bilateral relations, civil society, human rights, sustainable development and regional concerns. Under Secretary Otero is the highest ranking U.S. State Department official to visit Laos in seven years.

While in Thailand, Under Secretary Otero will meet with government officials, representatives of non-governmental and international organizations, human rights activists, and youth to discuss Burmese refugees, trafficking in persons, regional cooperation, human rights issues and youth engagement. During her visit, she will travel to Chiang Mai, Mae Sot, and Bangkok, and will visit refugee areas along the Thai-Burma border and speak with refugees.

PRN: 2012/890