Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Montagnard refugees set their course for Philippines

Montagnard asylum seekers talk to UNHCR representatives in Ratanakkiri last year. Adhoc
Montagnard asylum seekers talk to UNHCR representatives in Ratanakkiri last year. Adhoc

Montagnard refugees set their course for Philippines

More than a dozen Montagnard refugees are set to depart from Cambodia for the Philippines today, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UNHCR regional press officer Vivian Tan said 13 Montagnards, a predominantly Christian indigenous group, who fled Vietnam into Cambodia through the forests of Ratanakkiri in late 2014, would “receive accommodation and livelihoods support” upon their arrival in the Philippines.

“This is in line with the agreement reached between the relevant parties,” Tan said. Another 171 Montagnard asylum seekers will remain in UN-supported accommodation in Phnom Penh for now,

“The remaining Montagnard asylum seekers in Cambodia are going through registration and refugee status determination by the government’s Refugee Department,” Tan said.

A number of officials at Cambodia’s immigration and refugee departments either could not be reached or claimed to know nothing about the case.

One of the Montagnards committed suicide in April this year. Last September, after the government threatened to deport them, 24 returned to Vietnam.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

ACLEDA’s boss on how tech is changing financial services

In today’s world of fast-changing technology, Cambodia is seeing increasing innovation in financial services.

ACLEDA President In Channy on the key to the bank’s success

Post Khmer Editor-in-Chief Kay Kimsong sat down with Dr In Channy, President and Group Managing Director of ACLEDA Bank Plc, to explore the main principle guiding Cambodia’s biggest bank.

A taste of Phnom Penh's first container night market

At the launch of Phnom Penh's newest market, The Post spoke to customers and stallholders about what the hub of bars, food stalls, shops and live music will add to the city's nightlife.