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Last week, interior and foreign ministry officials also finished verifying the resettlement desires of the Montagnards, "a clear majority" of who have confirmed their wish to remain in Cambodia, UNHCR field and protection officer, Cathy Shin said in a statement Thursday.
"There was no indication on whether the Montagnards who wished to remain in Cambodia would be allowed to stay," Shin
Owing to their refusal to resettle, Romah Y Lut, 47, said he
and others at one of the UN sites in Phnom Penh feared the government would try to deport them back to Vietnam.
It currently works on an understanding ...
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.
Cathy Shin, a protection ...
Cathy Shin, a protection officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said the 22 would leave Cambodia on Wednesday night.
The 22 Vietnamese refugees going to the United States on Wednesday arrived independently at U.N. offices in the capital, Phnom Penh, where they have been for several months, Shin
Some of the 200 rescued Montagnards had been hiding in Cambodia's jungle before the April protests - at least one for up to two years, said Cathy Shin, a U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees officer.
"It was quite moving to actually see ... the desperation of people coming out of the forest," Shin
"The total number of 198 asylum-seekers have arrived in the UN's safe house in Phnom Penh," UN High Commissioner for Refugees protection and field officer Cathy Shin told AFP, adding many were suffering from malaria and intestinal ailments.
The airlifts of the Christian Montagnards, who emerged from the jungles of the border region in the past few weeks after the Cambodian government finally allowed the UNHCR access to the region, began on Monday.
said the agency started interviewing them on Wednesday.
The nine _ a father and his 13-year-old son and seven men in their 20s _ were traveling in a United Nations convoy to a border checkpoint where they would be turned over to Vietnamese authorities, said Cathy Shin, a protection officer for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
"They really miss their families.They all have wives at homes ... and little kids," said Shin
, who was traveling with the group."When I ask, they say, oh they're happy (to go back) ... they're also nervous, I think." She
said the Vietnamese government had been "cooperative" in the return.
Another 40 are expected to head there in late March, Shin
"It's hard to predict what will happen, but hopefully it will be the same situation as in Ratanakkiri [province]," UNHCR's Cathy Shin said on Wednesday.The UNHCR
collected 282 asylum-seekers in several visits to Ratanakkiri since July.The trip to Mondolkiri will be the UNHCR's
first visit to the province since Vietnam's crackdown on Montagnard demonstrations for land rights and religious freedom in the Central Highlands last April provoked hundreds to seek asylum in Cambodia.The refugee agency plans to first pay a courtesy call to Mondolkiri Governor Tor Soeuth to enlist the help of government authorities in looking for Montagnards, Shin said.
The UNHCR plans to send one international and one national staff member to the province, Shin
said, adding their stay will be open-ended.