It currently works on an understanding with the Cambodian government," Cathy Shin, UNHCR station chief in Phnom Penh, said.
"In February/March we were asked to close our office in the [Ratanakkiri] province, but when we had reports of asylum-seekers in June we were able to go and meet them." The Montagnards
, who practise a form of Protestantism, kneel around the UNHCR's
offering of rice and tinned sardines and pray.They haven't eaten for five days.Shin
said that while Cambodia
is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention
, the country does not yet have a workable system in place to process asylum-seekers."The UN
has taken on that role with the goal that the Cambodian government will eventually be able to take over and set up a system," she
In the meantime the UNHCR
is playing a game of 'cat and mouse' with the Cambodian police.