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UN to grill government over Montagnards

UNHCR, the U.N.’s refugee agency, will question the government over its decision to deny asylum to the majority of Montagnards left in Cambodia, officials said, a month after the group was criticized for its role in repatriating some of the asylum-seekers to Vietnam. ...

Aun Pheap and George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-to-grill-government-over-montagnards-130423/

Gov’t ‘clarifies’ alleged rights abuses for IPU

A delegation from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) – a transnational organisation of lawmakers – met with lawmakers, several ministries and the UNHCR over the past two days to discuss concerns about the beating of two opposition lawmakers last October as well as the jailing of ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-clarifies-alleged-rights-abuses-ipu

UN refugee agency slams Cambodia-Australia deal

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has distanced itself from Australia’s still unsigned deal to transfer refugees from the Nauru refugee detention center for resettlement in Cambodia, one of Southeast Asia’s poorest nations. First raised in February, the cash-for-refugees deal is believed to be imminent. ...

Michael Sainsbury
http://www.ucanews.com/news/un-refugee-agency-slams-cambodia-australia-deal/71943

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
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/key-phnom-penh-posting-suggests-australias-asylum-seeker-deal-with-cambodia-is-almost-done-20140818-105htp.html

Abbott government beefs up staff for 'Cambodian solution'

The Abbott government has sent a senior official to Phnom Penh to take charge of a controversial scheme to resettle refugees from Australia, even before Cambodia signs an agreement to accept them. Australia has also boosted the staff of its embassy in the Cambodian capital by ...

Lindsay Murdoch
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-government-beefs-up-staff-for-cambodian-solution-20140816-104x0b.html

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
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/cambodian-deal-to-resettle-asylum-seekers-imminent-20140810-102ht3.html

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
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/cambodias-pm-hun-sen-confirms-controversial-agreement-to-resettle-refugees-from-australia-20140520-zrhz3.html

Uighurs ‘arrested’ at border

A group of 14 ethnic minority Uighurs, including six children, fleeing China were arrested on Saturday in the Thai border province of Sa Keo after Cambodian smugglers deserted them on Friday, Thai media reported yesterday. The five men, three women and six children who were apprehended ...

Amelia Woodside and Cheang Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/uighurs-%E2%80%98arrested%E2%80%99-border

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/

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