Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - North Koreans ordered to leave



North Koreans ordered to leave

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Sixteen North Korean nationals were ordered to leave the Kingdom by Friday. Photo supplied

North Koreans ordered to leave

Sixteen North Korean nationals were ordered to leave the Kingdom by Friday after authorities discovered they were breaking UN sanctions by using tourist visas to work in Cambodia.

Siem Reap immigration police chief Chea Kimsan said the town’s police forces had cooperated with Svay Dangkum commune police officers to conduct a check on the commune on Friday.

He said the 16 had been living in Cambodia since September last year and worked as online computer programmers. They will be fined for using the wrong visas.

“They used tourist visas to enter the Kingdom and work without valid permits. They signed a contract agreeing to return to their country of origin in no later than seven days,” Kimsan said on Monday.

The case is the second to have occurred after authorities ordered the Angkor Panorama Museum near the Angkor Wat temple to be closed last month. The museum had welcomed visitors since 2015.

“North Korea has been sanctioned by the UN; the UN banned North Koreans from conducting business in countries that are members of the UN. As a UN member, we are bound to follow the world body’s decision,” Kimsan said.

Director-general of Immigration Kiet Chantharith declined to comment on the case, while the General Department of Immigration spokesman Keo Vanthorn could not be reached to comment further.

However, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Koy Koung said on Monday that Cambodia had to respect the UN Security Council’s decision on North Korea.

He recently told reporters at the closure of the Angkor Panorama Museum that some 300 North Koreans worked in the Kingdom.

Four North Korean restaurants in the capital were also ordered to close recently in compliance with the UN sanctions.

Article 372 of The Labour Law of Cambodia stipulates that any person who hires a foreigner without an employment card is liable to a fine equivalent to 61 to 90 days of the employee’s base daily wage or be sentenced to six days to a month in jail.

The sentence can be increased to one to three months imprisonment for repeat offenders.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Floods prompt evacuations in Kampong Speu

    Rain-induced floods and water flowing from Kampong Speu province have submerged the houses of 1,527 families living close to the Prek Thnot River in Spean Thma, Tien, Kong Noy and Roluos communes in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, according to data from local authorities. Spean Thma

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in