Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Cambodians arrested for helping Montagnards

Three Cambodians were arrested in April for helping 18 Montagnard refugees from Vietnam secure asylum in Cambodia with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), according to The Cambodia Daily.

The three have been charged with human trafficking because they were allegedly paid by the asylum seekers. Fellow villagers of the three men have said that the money was just used to purchase food and rice for the Montagnards. UNHCR has said that it is concerned with the case, but since the three men are Cambodian, it is not within the agency’s power to act. The U.N. center for human rights is now following the case and has met with relatives of the three men.


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