The Sydney Morning Herald

ANZ failed to meet human rights standards: government report

ANZ Bank failed to meet its own human rights standards when it financed a Cambodian sugar plantation that was linked to forced evictions, child labour and workplace deaths, according to an Australian government investigation. ...

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie

Cambodia agrees to resettle more refugees from Nauru

Immigration minister Peter Dutton has met Cambodia’s strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen to salvage a $55 million agreement with the impoverished nation to resettle more refugees from Nauru.Only days after declaring it had no plans to resettle more than four refugees who arrived in June, ...

Lindsay Murdoch

Cambodia refuses asylum to Montagnard refugees from Vietnam

Cambodia is refusing protection for almost 100 Montagnard asylum seekers fleeing persecution in Vietnam as four refugees travel from Nauru to the impoverished nation under a controversial $55.5 million agreement with Australia. ...

Lindsay Murdoch

Cambodia arrival of the first Australia's unwanted refugees imminent

Four refugees detained in the tiny Pacific island of Nauru are set to arrive in Cambodia as part of a controversial agreement that has so far cost Australian taxpayers $55.5 million. ...

Lindsay Murdoch

UN refugee agency wants no part of Cambodia resettlement

The United Nations agency responsible for refugees has washed its hands of Australia’s controversial deal to send refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia. ...

The Sydney Morning Herald News Staff

World Vision and other aid agencies reject Australia's refugee deal with Cambodia

International aid agencies based in Cambodia have rejected the Abbott government’s resettlement deal, saying it  is not appropriate for a country that has been accused of human rights abuses and has no refugee resettlement experience.​ A Cambodian delegation will meet with refugees on Nauru, the ...

Sarah Whyte

Cambodia's treatment of Montagnard refugees focuses critics on Australia's asylum seeker deal

Cambodian authorities are hunting more than a dozen ethnic minority hill people from Vietnam, drawing international criticism and raising further doubts about Australia’s controversial agreement to send refugees to Phnom Penh. Babar Baloch, a spokesman for the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), warned ...

Lindsay Murdoch

Australia wants to resettle refugees on remote island, Cambodian opposition leader says

Australia has considered sending up to 1000 refugees to live on a remote island off the coast of impoverished Cambodia under a controversial resettlement agreement,, according to an opposition leader in Phnom Penh. Australian officials have visited several sites to accommodate the refugees now on Nauru, ...

Lindsay Murdoch

Key Phnom Penh posting suggests Australia's asylum seeker deal with Cambodia is almost done

Australia has reportedly installed a key immigration bureaucrat in its Phnom Penh embassy as the government prepares to send up to 1000 asylum seekers in its care on Nauru to Cambodia. Greg Kelly, who formerly headed the detention operations division of the Immigration Department and managed ...

Ben Doherty and David Wroe

Cambodia asylum deal to go ahead despite intense opposition

Australia’s secret refugee deal with Cambodia is about to be signed, amid growing opposition to the transfer agreement. With a deal imminent, the office of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison refused to confirm on Monday he was set to travel to Cambodia this week, while the Department ...

Ben Doherty

Cambodian deal to resettle asylum seekers imminent

A controversial deal to allow Australia to send refugees to Cambodia is imminent and could be signed as early as this week, sources have told Fairfax Media. The Australian and Cambodian governments have been negotiating for months over a deal to resettle up to 1000 refugees ...

Ben Doherty and Sarah Whyte

Australians donate to school linked to sex abuse claims

Australians are among donors to a school charity in Cambodia where the director has been charged with arranging for foreign volunteers to sexually abuse teenage students. The scandal has focused new attention on the management of Cambodia’s orphanages and children’s charities and the deception used by ...

Lindsay Murdoch

Cambodia's PM Hun Sen confirms controversial agreement to resettle refugees from Australia

Cambodia’s strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen has confirmed his impoverished country will accept refugees from Australia in a controversial agreement condemned by human rights and refugee advocates. In his first public comments on the agreement, Mr Hun Sen said Cambodia will be “heart-felt and generous towards ...

Lindsay Murdoch

Development body's concern for refugees resettled in Cambodia

Refugees who are resettled in Cambodia by the Australian government will be unlikely to gain employment rights, get an education or be given permanent residency, according to a peak international development body. The Australian Council for International Development said Australia had entered “uncharted territory” by resettling ...

Sarah Whyte

Deaths raise new questions on ANZ funding of Cambodian sugar projects

First Sum Tea lost her farm. Then she lost her son. Sum Tea is one of hundreds of farmers who lost her small landholding in 2006 when the Cambodian government granted Phnom Penh Sugar, a company owned by Cambodian tycoon and ruling party senator Ly Yong ...

Daniel Quinlan, Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie

Cambodia will put refugees at risk: academics

Dangerous political instability in Cambodia could put asylum seekers at grave risk, a leading academic has warned, as Immigration Minister Scott Morrison gave his strongest indication yet that refugees may be resettled there. University of NSW emeritus professor Carl Thayer said he was shocked the government would ...

Sarah Whyte

Australia asks Cambodia to take asylum seekers amid violent crackdown

The Abbott government wants to send some asylum seekers to Cambodia, at a time when the country’s strongman prime minister, Hun Sen, is overseeing a brutal crackdown on dissent in one of south-east Asia’s poorest nations. Facing growing opposition after decades of authoritarian rule, Hun Sen ...

Lindsay Murdoch

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