Montagnards Deported From Cambodia Arrive in Vietnam

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Montagnards are shown under UNHCR care in Phnom Penh, June 7, 2016.
Montagnards are shown under UNHCR care in Phnom Penh, June 7, 2016.

Thirteen Vietnamese Montagnards seeking asylum in Cambodia were forced back to Vietnam on Wednesday, ending their hopes of being settled outside the country from which they had fled, sources said.

Speaking on Thursday to RFA’s Vietnamese Service, Grace Bui—a volunteer with the U.S.-based rights group Montagnards Assistance Project—confirmed the group’s arrival in Vietnam.

“They have arrived in Vietnam, but I don’t know what’s going to happen to them,” Bui told RFA.

“Usually, when [deported Montagnards] arrive in Vietnam, the authorities will come to pick them up. Then they bring them to a police station to work on some documents, take fingerprints, and then offer them a meal before letting them go home,” she said.

Bui told RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Tuesday that the 13 who would be sent back were among 16 whose requests for asylum were denied by the Cambodian government in June.

"The Cambodian government wanted to deport all 16 people, but I heard they had to postpone this because of public disapproval,” Bui told RFA.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had objected to the removal of the group, and one asylum seeker quoted on Thursday by the English-language Cambodia Daily told Bui that they had been sent back from Cambodia against their will.

"He said no one wanted to go back to Vietnam."

Hundreds of Montagnards have fled their country in recent years and crossed the border into Cambodia, citing oppression by the Vietnamese government, religious persecution of the mainly Christian minority, and expropriation of their land.

Reported by RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Emily Peyman. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Comments (2)


This is worrying to be honest. Why does the Vietnamese persecute the Degar in the first place, for what particular historical reason?

Aug 11, 2017 03:33 PM

Hate Communists

from ghet bac Ho

I just hope Ms. Bui knows what she is talking about. I have heard stories of how the repatriated VNmese were treated upon their return – it isn’t pretty! I don’t have to convey these horrible stories, but you get the general idea. Just not sure what side she is on!
Thus, I’m amazed at these ruthless goons would have a different standards for the Montagnards.
Just pray that they will resume life and find comfort in their daily grinds.
Of which shouldn’t happen, if these pathetic goons would treat the people with respect and justice. I’m not sure how anyone can live with themselves knowing that they lied and cheated the people. How can anyone find comfort in slaving an entire country for an undeserving, ruthless, mindless, and uneducated ‘party’.

Aug 11, 2017 03:17 PM





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