|The government of Laos is accused of committing genocide against that country’s Hmong ethnic minority in a well-publicized exhibition scheduled to run from 17 January to 7 February 2004 at Sweden’s National Museum of History in Stockholm.
Entitled, ”Making Differences”, the exhibition is being presented as a ”cultural” complement to the Stockholm International Forum to be held during 26-28 January. That event is the fourth and last in series which has focused on genocide and related issues, all at the initiative of Prime Minister Göran Persson and financed by his government.
The stated theme of the final Forum is ”Preventing Genocide: Threats and Responsibilities”, and the relevance of the exhibition is explained as follows: ”It has been said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. . . . ’Making Differences’ will make sure that we do not forget.”
The featured component of the exhibition is a series of photographs purporting to depict the ”extermination” of the Hmong by the Lao government. They were taken in early 2003 by Australian photographer Philip Blenkinsop during a three-day visit to a small group of Hmong in northern Laos. The photos have previously been exhibited in other countries.