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Montagnards expelled

Cambodian authorities have forced back to Vietnam the last 11 of 60 Montagnard refugees

who in July fled what they claimed was persecution in their home country, according

to Radio Free Asia.

The Montagnards, all of the Jarai ethnic group, were handed over to the Vietnamese

in mid-November after fishermen in the Koh Nhek district between Ratanakkiri and

Mondolkiri were pressured into revealing their hiding place, the radio said.

Ratanakkiri police confirmed the refugees' return, Mondulkiri police said the Interior

Ministry had been in charge of the rounding up and expulsion, and Interior Ministry

spokesman Khieu Sopheak denied the presence of any refugees in Cambodia.



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