Senior Official Explains UN Rapporteur on Relocation of Vietnamese Migrants

AKP Phnom Penh, November 08, 2018 —

Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng has explained visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia about the relocation of Vietnamese migrants in Kampong Chhnang province.

The clarification followed human rights related concern expressed by the UN Special Rapporteur Ms. Rhona Smith when received by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng at the ministry office yesterday.

The relocation of Vietnamese migrants from Tonle Sap Lake at Kampong Chhnang, underlined the deputy prime minister, has been done very carefully and there is neither confiscation of any belongings nor any human right abuse case.

For the purpose of promoting good environment and sanitation, and order, the Vietnamese migrants have been relocated to clean and secure areas, he continued.

Starting since Nov. 1, 2018, about 10,000 Vietnamese migrants have been relocated from their homes on the Tonle Sap Lake to settle down on a land surface of 40 square kilometres in the province.

It is expected that the relocation work grounding firmly on legal basis and respect of human rights will be completed by the end of this year.

The relocation of the Vietnamese migrants in Kampong Chhnang was one of agendas that the deputy prime minister and UN special rapporteur discussed during their meeting.