A leader, foreground, of Cambodian activists controls the group to pay respects in front of Royal Palace during a march toward the National Assembly, in Phnom Penh, file photo.
The group has been in hiding for at least seven weeks, putting them in an “extremely precarious” position, the UN agencies said.
Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders; In 2014 alone, over 5,000 lost their lives.
The group of 13 Montagnards is reportedly in hiding, but UN teams have so far been unable to reach them.
During his life, he investigated some of Cambodia’s worst rights abuses, from land disputes to oppression of dissidents and the devastation of the country’s natural resources.
Thousands of people are rallying in Washington Saturday to protest police killings of unarmed black men and to call for law enforcement reforms.
Chan Soveth’s remains were on display at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where many gathered to mourn his passing.
UNHCR has expressed concern for the Montangards, following reports they were being sought by Cambodian authorities for deportation.
Chan Soveth, a longtime human rights defender, died of a heart attack on Wednesday.
To commemorate this day and this collective protest, I would like to honor the indigenous women warriors of Areng Valley, who are speaking out and fighting to protect their land from the construction of a controversial dam.
In a hand-written note from Prey Sar prison, all eight activists say they will begin a hunger strike on Wednesday that will last until they are released.
Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer to mark International Human Rights Day. It is accompanied by a short film she produced looking at the lives of the women of the Areng Valley, who oppose a proposed hydroelectric dam there they say endangers their way of life.
Montagnards, many of whom are Protestants, have long claimed persecution in Vietnam for religious reasons and for their aid of US troops during Vietnam war.
The Cambodian government has a history of deporting minorities from Vietnam who flee across the border seeking refuge.
Small number of Montagnards have been in hiding in forests of Ratanakiri province since late October, claiming oppression in Vietnam.
In a hand-written letter from Prey Sar prison, the activists say they were improperly tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
A group of non-governmental organization leaders and researchers say the key to ending impunity in Cambodia is people’s full participation in politics and society.
Meach Sovannara, a former Radio Free Asia reporter, is facing a hefty sentence on charges of insurrection, for allegedly orchestrating violence in a July 15 protest.
At least three monks have been arrested and charged with disturbing public order.