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More than 1,000 Degar (Montagnard) refugees have entered Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri, Cambodia, since 2001, raising issues of Cambodia's international law obligations toward refugees and its right to control its border.[1] The government has a policy of deporting Degar refugees to Vietnam, viewing them as illegal immigrants to the country, and has threatened prosecution of Ratanakiri residents who aid them.[1][2][3] Human rights organizations have described this policy as a violation of Cambodia's international law obligation of non-refoulement (not forcibly returning refugees to a country in which they will be harmed).[1][4] Though the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has become involved processing asylum applications,[1][4] refugees are often forcibly returned before they are able to apply for asylum.[2] Many refugees have hidden in Ratanakiri's forests to avoid deportation.[1][5][6]

Further reading


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cambodia: Protect Montagnard Refugees Fleeing Vietnam". Human Rights Watch (September 25, 2002). Accessed 2008-05-04.
  2. ^ a b "Cambodia: Events of 2007". World Report 2008. Human Rights Watch (2008). ISBN 1583227741.
  3. ^ Sidney Jones et al., editors. Repression of Montagnards: Conflicts Over Land and Religion in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Human Rights Watch (2002), p44, 135. ISBN 1564322726.
  4. ^ a b "New Refugee Flow". Human Rights Watch (January 2005). Accessed 2008-05-04.
  5. ^ Lach Chantha. "Vietnam Montagnard refugees say fleeing death". Reuters (July 21, 2004).
  6. ^ "At least 62 Vietnamese Montagnards flee to Cambodia: rights group". Agence France Presse (September 13, 2007).


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