Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Border dash for asylum seekers

Border dash for asylum seekers

A total of 23 Montagnard asylum seekers, including one female, were transported to Phnom Penh between late April and mid June after hiding out in the forests of Ratanakkiri for months, an anonymous source said yesterday.

“We took them out of the forest and took [separate groups] to Phnom Penh five times,” an ethnic Jarai villager who has been assisting the asylum seekers said.

“We took them to a quiet place, where the Montagnards were handed over to the UN.”

Another helper in Andong Meas district said nine Montagnards, including two teenage girls, left Vietnam several days ago to head to Ratankkiri, but “they were chased [by Vietnamese police], so they tried to escape in different ways”, he said, adding that he is now assisting two of the men, who are hiding in the province’s sprawling woodland.

The UN refugee agency said yesterday that 116 Montagnard asylum seekers were awaiting processing in Phnom Penh, but said it is “unclear what the government plans to do with them”.



Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

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

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".