Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Activist twins given refugee status: NGO

Brothers Chum Huor and Chum Huot pose for a photo on a plane departing the Kingdom earlier this month. Photo supplied
Brothers Chum Hour and Chum Hout pose for a photo on a plane departing the Kingdom earlier this month. Photo supplied

Activist twins given refugee status: NGO

Two twin activists who fled Cambodia, claiming they feared for their safety, have been granted United Nations refugee status and have applied for asylum in the US, according to one of the brothers and an organisation supporting them.

Chum Hour and Chum Hout left for Thailand in the wake of the July 10 murder of political analyst Kem Ley, who the twins met shortly before his death.

Speaking yesterday, Hout said the pair had received refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on July 27 and, represented by two lawyers, had applied for asylum in the US and hoped to “leave soon”.

Hout said they had received advice to leave the country from a “big organisation” in the wake of Ley’s shooting, which many believe was politically motivated.

“We are comfortable and happy that IKARE and people in the USA have worked very hard to help,” Hout said of the organisation which is paying for the twin’s shelter and legal representation.

Reached by phone yesterday Kosel Sek, executive director of Minnesota-based IKARE, which works with genocide survivors and helps Cambodian students visit the US, said there was no fixed timeline for the asylum claim.

“The attorney has expressed his optimism that it will be days not weeks or months but it’s a process we’re not in control of,” Sek said, adding his group felt compelled to help the brothers reach safety and “tell their story”.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Bodies of Cambodian peacekeepers returned to Kingdom

The bodies of four Cambodian peacekeepers killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic were repatriated to the Kingdom and honoured in an airport ceremony on May 21.

Phnom Penh eats: Ptas Nak Battambang

As the name suggests, Ptsa Nak Battambang – which in English means Battambang's house – is the right place for those who want to try some of the province's typical dishes in Phnom Penh.

Military police stand guard outside a polling station that was allegedly prematurely closed to eligible voters during the 2013 general election in Kandal province. Photo supplied

The Ministry of Defence on Friday lashed out at civil society and election monitoring groups, claiming a

Opposition leader Kem Sokha uses his hat to gesture to supporters during a campaign rally yesterday in Siem Reap province. Facebook

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday threatened to unleash war on the opposition party if he loses patience with their campaign for the June 4 commune