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The Thai government said it would not disclose the timing for its expulsion of 4,000 ethnic Hmong to Laos, but human rights groups warned it could begin as early as Sunday evening and degenerate into violence.
The Hmong, an ethnic minority group from Laos' rugged mountains, are being held at a camp in northern Phetchabun province.
Thai soldiers on Monday began the repatriation to Laos of about 4,000 Hmong asylum-seekers, despite international concerns that they will face persecution in their home country.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the Lao government had assured him the Hmong would be well looked after and the U.N refugee agency UNHCR would be allowed to visit them.