Vietnamese officials visit Montagnard refugees, promise safe return

(From The Phnom Penh Post)

A Vietnamese government delegation visited Montagnard asylum seekers in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday to tell them they would face no punishment if they returned to their homeland in Vietnam’s central highlands, according to a source at the meeting.

Hundreds of Montagnards fled across the border last year, after 13 initial asylum seekers were granted refugee status by Cambodian authorities

Hundreds of Montagnards fled across the Vietnamese border in 2015 after 13 initial asylum seekers were granted refugee status by Cambodian authorities

In a move called “strange” by a refugee advocate and “concerning” by the United Nation’s refugee agency, the group met with Montagnards early Wednesday at a building in Phnom Penh where more than 100 of the Christian ethnic minority are residing.

The delegation – which reportedly included local police officers from villages where some of the asylum seekers fled alleged persecution – was accompanied by members of the Interior Ministry’s Refugee Department, according to the source. Read More



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