Australia debates motion to condemn Cambodia’s political crackdown

The Australian Parliament is considering a motion to condemn Cambodia’s political crackdown, with lawmaker Mark Butler declaring Australia has “a solemn duty” to take action to defend Cambodia’s “fledgling democracy”.​ ...

Andrew Nachemson

Australia says deal to send more refugees to Cambodia still on

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday denied a refugee deal with Cambodia had collapsed after Cambodian officials said it did not intend to accept any more refugees from a South Pacific  detention center under an  agreement. ...

VOA Khmer News Staff

Australian ministers deny collapse of refugee deal

Australia’s foreign minister on Monday insisted that a controversial refugee deal with Cambodia was alive and well, dismissing Australian news reports that efforts to resettle more refugees here from Nauru had collapsed. ...

Zsombor Peter

Cambodia, Australia vow to honor refugee deal despite criticism

Cambodia and Australia have reiterated their commitment to comply with a refugee agreement they signed last month, despite persistent criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties of the two countries, a senior official said on Sunday. The commitment was made during a meeting on ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Hun Sen to meet Thai PM, Australian FM in Italy

Prime Minister Hun Sen will hold separate bilateral talks with Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the sideline of the 10th Asia-Europe meeting. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Cambodia deal says refugees will be settled outside Phnom Penh

The deal signed with Cambodia by immigration minister Scott Morrison will see refugees held on Nauru resettled “outside” Phnom Penh. As foreign minister Julie Bishop defended the deal on Sunday, a copy of the memorandum of understanding with Cambodia, which has been posted on Morrison’s official ...

Lauren Crothers

Refugee house hunting

High-level bureaucrats from Australia have visited several sites in Cambodia over the past two months to view properties where refugees from its overseas detention centre on Nauru could be relocated, the Post has learned. Separate sources, who cannot be named because of the sensitivity of the ongoing negotiations, ...

Daniel Pye and Cheang Sokha

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

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

Cambodia says to accept only voluntary refugees from Australia

Cambodia will take in only voluntary refugees from Australia, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said Wednesday. “We will only receive refugees, who voluntarily agree to come to Cambodia, not by force,” he said in a response to questions raised by journalists. “This is ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Australia close to Cambodia refugee deal

Australia has signaled that it is about to cut a deal with Cambodia to resettle refugees now in Nauru, media reported Thursday. It comes after both Nauru and Papua New Guinea determined the refugees status of some asylum seekers sent to each country by Australian authorities. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Australian Minister says Cambodia could take refugees on Nauru

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Cambodia may soon agree to take in asylum seekers who are now detained on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru after being diverted while trying to reach Australia. Mr. Morrison told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that next ...

Alex Willemyns

Australian PM confirms asylum seeker request

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday confirmed that Cambodia was in talks with his government to take in some of the refugees trying to reach his country’s shores, according to Australian media. Mr. Abbott’s statement was the first official admission from his administration that Australia ...

Zsombor Peter

PM coy on Cambodia refugee deal

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is remaining coy about a potential refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison met with Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday. Mr Morrison is the second minister to travel to Phnom Penh for talks with the Cambodian government in the past ...

The Australian News Staff

Julie Bishop to meet with Sam Rainsy

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy will meet Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the Australian Parliament on Wednesday, the Cambodia National Rescue Party announced yesterday. ...

Kevin Ponniah

Government works on Australia refugee plea

Government officials have got to work parsing a controversial request that Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the region with a spotty record handling refugees, take some of Australia’s asylum seekers. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop made the request to Prime Minister Hun Sen ...

Zsombor Peter

Cambodia has floor in Oz parliament debate

A spirited debate on human rights in Cambodia was heard in the Australian parliament this week after an opposition Labor Party MP introduced a motion calling on the government to condemn state violence against striking garment workers and ask authorities to release detained protesters. Clare O’Neil, ...

Kevin Ponniah

Australian diplomat bites back

Austalian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has responded to one of her predecessors, Gareth Evans, who accused her of failing to deliver a “robust critique” when she met Hun Sen on February 22 in a Friday op-ed that excoriated Cambodia’s political leaders for abuses. In an interview ...

Kevin Ponniah

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