The Cambodian government has been criticized for refusing to consider asylum application
from 24 Vietnamese indigenous tribal people detained in early March in Mondolkiri.
Prime Minister Hun Sen stated on March 26 that he would not grant the group refugee
status. The Cambodian government has also refused the UN access to the 24 pending
completion of a separate Cambodian government investigation into the circumstances
of the group's entry into Cambodia and their activities here. Khmer Institute for
Democracy Executive Director Lao Mong Hay describes the government stance as contrary
to "the rule of law and humanity".