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Countrywide census starts

Immigration officials from the Interior Ministry and Pursat province today are to begin a census of all foreigners living in the Kingdom, though it is expected to focus primarily on those of Vietnamese descent. Following a meeting in Pursat yesterday afternoon, Major General Khun Sambor, chief ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/countrywide-census-starts

Vietnamese wary of planned census

Sok Hieng* is concerned about a government census of foreigners that some observers believe will focus primarily on those of Vietnamese descent. “I am afraid that I will be forced to leave Cambodia because I do not have ID yet,” said Hieng, a 33-year-old construction worker ...

Sean Teehan and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnamese-wary-planned-census

Without lawyer, Krom villagers face court trial

Arrest, detention and even an upcoming trial can’t sway 68 Khmer Krom families faced with eviction to give up a bitter land dispute over a bird sanctuary in Takeo province. After being charged in April with illegally occupying state land, three representatives from Sangkum Meanchey village ...

Laignee Barron and Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/without-lawyer-krom-villagers-face-court-trial

Sanctuary from the storm

Hidden at the end of a pathway that breaks off from Mao Tse Tung Boulevard in Phnom Penh is a temple of a different kind, where seances are sacrosant and French writer Victor Hugo – author of Les Miserables – is considered a saint. Worshippers there practise Caodaism, ...

Amelia Woodside and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sanctuary-storm

Lack of ID ‘root cause’ of ethnic Vietnamese problems

A lack of identification papers is the key obstacle preventing ethnic Vietnamese living in Kompong Chhnang province from enjoying the same rights as Khmer citizens, according to a survey released Tuesday. In the new report, the Minority Rights Organization (MIRO) found that ethnic Vietnamese are often ...

Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lack-of-id-root-cause-of-ethnic-vietnamese-problems-54467/

Khmer minority lack equal rights: report

Thach Ry, a 64-year-old Khmer Krom man, fled Vietnam in 2008 after authorities there tried to arrest him for protesting the government’s treatment of his community. Arriving in Cambodia with his wife and daughter, authorities here tried to arrest him, too, he said, so like many ...

Kevin Ponniah and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/khmer-minority-lack-equal-rights-report

Khmer Krom Seeking Refuge Remain in a State of Limbo

Khmer Krom people fleeing persecution in Vietnam and denied refuge in Thailand are being sent to Cambodia, where the government does not ensure that their rights are protected, the Minority Rights Organization (MIRO) has said in a new report. The report—“Abandoned People Khmer Krom Seeking Refuge ...

Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/khmer-krom-seeking-refuge-remain-in-a-state-of-limbo-51557/

UN Envoy Urged to Probe Arrest of Monks

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia, Surya Subedi, who began his 10th fact-finding mission to Cambodia on Sunday, has been asked to investigate issues faced by ethnic Khmer Krom people after five monks were arrested for participating in garment worker protests earlier this month. In ...

Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-envoy-urged-to-probe-arrest-of-monks-50489/

Advocacy Group Calls to End Mistreatment of Khmer Krom

A local minority-rights advocacy group has called on the government to end the mistreatment of Khmer Krom people and recognize their rights as citizens of Cambodia as the world marks International Human Rights Day on Tuesday. The Khmer Krom, or “lower Khmer,” refers to ethnic Khmer ...

Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/advocacy-group-calls-to-end-mistreatment-of-khmer-krom-48967/

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