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Peter Dutton denies claims refugees are snubbing resettlement in Cambodia

Logistical issues could take a few days to sort out but some on Nauru want to start new lives in a new country, immigration minister says. Peter Dutton has insisted plans to send the first batch of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia are on track and ...

The Guardian News Staff
http://bit.ly/1cOCaCb

Lankans agree to Cambodia deal

Three Sri Lankan asylum seekers are among five who have agreed to be among the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru for Cambodia under a deal that allows refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the Southeast Asian country, the News ...

Colombo Gazette News Staff
http://bit.ly/1IKAm77

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
http://bit.ly/1HbyCqc

Officials travel to speak with Nauru asylum seekers

Two officials from Cambodia’s Interior Ministry departed for Australia and the Pacific Island of Nauru Monday, to ensure that an initial group of asylum seekers there will move to Cambodia, part of a controversial deal with Australia. ...

Kong Sothanarith
http://bit.ly/1O9GKvp

Australia violating rights of refugee children by sending them to Cambodia, says Unicef

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says Australia is violating the rights of children being sent from Nauru to Cambodia under the refugee transfer agreement. In the coming week, possibly as early as Monday, a charter plane is expected to fly out from Nauru with ...

The Guardian News Staff
http://t.ly/1D4BHAR

Australia-Cambodia resettlement agreement raises concerns

The United Nations Children’s Fund is voicing concern about the decision by Australia to transfer asylum seekers detained on the Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia, possibly as early as Monday. UNICEF’s concerns come amid growing refugee protests in Nauru and protests over transfers of ...

Ron Corben
http://bit.ly/1O5QDdL

Australia takes ownership of letter that lies about Cambodia

Australia’s Immigration Department on Thursday confirmed that a letter being handed out to refugees on Nauru filled with false claims about Cambodia—where Australia hopes they decide to resettle—was issued by the department, but declined to say whether there were any takers. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/australia-takes-ownership-of-letter-that-lies-about-cambodia-82065/

Australia prepares to send first refugees from Nauru to Cambodia within days

The Australian government has chartered a plane to move the first group of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia within days as part of a $40m resettlement deal, sources on the island have said. ...

Paul Farrell and Lauren Crothers
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/apr/15/australia-prepares-to-send-first-refugees-from-nauru-to-cambodia-within-days

Staffers call for closure of Nauru site

The Australian government ignored allegations of physical and sexual abuse of asylum seekers held on the Pacific island of Nauru for more than a year without taking action, staff at the detention centre have alleged. ...

Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/staffers-call-closure-nauru-site

As refugees spurn Cambodia, locals voice opposition to deal

As refugees being held by Australia on the South Pacific island of Nauru continue to spurn the prospect of resettling in Cambodia, many Cambodians likewise say they do not want to see any of the refugees sent to their country. ...

Khuon Narim and Holly Robertson
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/as-refugees-spurn-cambodia-locals-voice-opposition-to-deal-81145/

Refugees on Nauru slam Cambodia resettlement plan

Refugees who met with Cambodian immigration officials last week on the Pacific island of Nauru were told they would be given permanent visas and travel documents but would have to pay for English-language education and would lose all but emergency financial support after a year, ...

UCA News Staff
http://www.ucanews.com/news/refugees-on-nauru-slam-cambodia-resettlement-plan/73274

Sar Kheng leaves for Australia

Interior Minister Sar Kheng left for Australia on Tuesday amid ongoing efforts by the two countries to convince refugees Australia is currently holding on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to resettle in Cambodia. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sar-kheng-leaves-for-australia-80653/

PM acknowledges criticism of Refugee agreement

Days after the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced it would help resettle Australia’s refugees currently being held on the Pacific island nation of Nauru in Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday acknowledged criticism of the deal at home and abroad. ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/pm-acknowledges-criticism-of-refugee-agreement-78764/

Three refugees met with delegation, minister says

Three of the refugees Australia is holding at a detention center on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru agreed to meet with Cambodian officials who traveled there last week to assess the possibility of resettling some of the asylum seekers in Cambodia, Interior Minister ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/three-refugees-met-with-delegation-minister-says-76512/

IOM willing to help with refugee plan

The International Organisation for Migration has told the Cambodian government it is willing to take part in the resettlement of refugees from Nauru if a number of conditions are met.​ ...

Kevin Ponniah and Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/iom-willing-help-refugee-plan

Officials to return from Nauru Refugee Center Monday

A government delegation that traveled to the South Pacific island nation of Nauru last week to study the possibility of resettling in Cambodia some of the refugees Australia is currently holding there will return to Phnom Penh on Monday, a government official said. ...

Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/officials-to-return-from%E2%80%88nauru-refugee-center-monday-76357/

Officials tour Nauru, fail to meet refugees

A Cambodian delegation that arrived in Nauru on Tuesday for high-level meetings to progress a controversial refugee resettlement scheme has toured Australian-run detention centres on the island, according to a rights group. ...

Kevin Ponniah
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/officials-tour-nauru-fail-meet-refugees

Gov’t officials visit Nauru refugee site

The U.N. and an Australian refugee rights group say a delegation of Cambodian officials arrived Monday in the South Pacific island nation of Nauru, where Australia is holding hundreds of asylum seekers and hopes to convince at least some of them to volunteer to be ...

Zsombor Peter and Hul Reaksmey
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-officials-visit-nauru-refugee-site-76030/

Cambodians urge Australia to not resettle refugees there

A campaign organised by Cambodians has led the country’s first vice-president of the National Assembly to urge Australia to back down from its bid to resettle refugees there. Kem Sokha said in a letter to the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, Alison Burrows, that the deal to ...

Jay Fletcher
https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/57736

Kem Sokha asks PM to rethink refugee deal

Kem Sokha, first vice president of the National Assembly and vice president of Cambodia National Rescue Party, has asked Prime Minister Hun Sen to reconsider the transfer of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/kem-sokha-asks-pm-to-rethink-refugee-deal-7597

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