Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - For ethnic Vietnamese, papers purge starts in capital

For ethnic Vietnamese, papers purge starts in capital

Two ethnically Vietnamese women sort their documents as officials conducted an immigration crackdown earlier this month in Kampong Chhnang province.
Two ethnically Vietnamese women sort their documents as officials conducted an immigration crackdown earlier this month in Kampong Chhnang province.

For ethnic Vietnamese, papers purge starts in capital

Officials began the process of revoking “irregular” documents from ethnic Vietnamese in Phnom Penh yesterday, as part of a campaign that some observers have labelled a massive human rights violation.

“They just started with two districts today,” Tuol Kork and Chroy Changvar, said Lou Rabor, deputy Phnom Penh police chief. “The other day they had a meeting about the implementation with the Phnom Penh governor and Immigration Department chief Sok Phal.”

The process first kicked off in Kampong Chhnang province, where officials identified over 10,000 individuals to be stripped of documents. Rabor said 21,500 were expected to be stripped of documentation in Phnom Penh. In total, 70,000 people will be affected, the majority of whom are ethnic Vietnamese.

Many of them have lived in Cambodia for generations, but fled briefly to escape mass killings at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, and have no other documentation. Human rights observers have warned that the current campaign will disenfranchise an already marginalised group, rendering them stateless.

MOST VIEWED

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget