Pa Kao Her
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Pa Kao Her (Paj Kaub Hawj) was ethnic Hmong and was born in Nong Het District, Xieng Khouang Province, northern Laos, near the border with Vietnam. He was one of the first followers of his cousin, Shong Lue Yang, also known as the "Mother of Writing", who developed the Pahawh script. Later, he one of the leaders of the Hmong Chao Fa movement in Laos, along with Zong Zoua Her, after the communist Lao People's Revolutionary Party took power in 1975. He was President of the Ethnic Liberation Organization of Laos (ELOL), an anti-Lao PDR government organization based in Thailand, with a presence in Laos, in the 1980s. Later he became President of the Chao Fa Democratic Party.
The Chao Fa movement split into a number of groups in the 1990s and 2000s. Pa Kao Her was head of the main faction. Moua Nhia Long was the leader of another faction.
He was assassinated in 2002 in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.
The Hmong ChaoFa, a splinter organization, have been admitted into the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. They are developing what they call the Hmong ChaoFa Federation State and the World Hmong People's Congress (WHPC) website.
- Baird, Ian G. (2012). The monks and the Hmong: The special relationship between the Chao Fa and the Tham Krabok Buddhist Temple in Saraburi Province, Thailand, In Vladimir Tikhonov and Torkel Brekke (eds.), Violent Buddhism – Buddhism and Militarism in Asia in the Twentieth Century. London: Routledge. pp. 120–151.
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