Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry backflips on montagnards

Ministry backflips on montagnards

An Interior Ministry spokesman yesterday reversed claims he made earlier this week that a group of 10 Montagnards in Phnom Penh trying to apply for asylum were illegal immigrants.

Khieu Sopheak had claimed on Wednesday that the UN Refugee Agency knew the asylum seekers were not “real Montagnards” but yesterday admitted that the government would need to interview them in order to make that determination.

The UN had rejected his claim. “We have to meet them first,” Sopheak said. “If they are Montagnards, they must come and report themselves to authorities, not any organisation … Only the Cambodian authorities can decide if they are Montagnards or illegal.”

The group of 10 are being assisted by NGOs, who have reported that their efforts to file asylum claims with the Interior Ministry’s refugee office have been unsuccessful.

Although 13 Montagnards were recently recognised as refugees, dozens have been deported back to Vietnam without being given access to due process.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Phnom Penh's Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all, from Kep crab to a new shrimp dish created by the market's owners.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern