Cambodia, Australia Sign Contentious Refugee Deal
The secretive deal, which comes with $40 million in Australian aid to Cambodia, has been widely criticized by international rights groups as a poor solution to a refugee crisis.
Cambodia and Australia on Friday signed a controversial deal in which Cambodia agreed to take an open-ended number of refugees held at Australia's offshore detention facilities.
A memorandum of understanding will be signed during the two-day visit by Scott Morrison, Minister of Migration and Border Protection of Australia, the Cambodian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
One was Chut Wutty, an activist who was shot to death by security guards in 2012 and the other was Chok Sopheap, a prominent activist.
Filloux spent years working with victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.
Human rights in Cambodia is deteriorating and activist has urged the two main political parties to work together to reverse the trend and end culture of impunity.
A general view of daily activities of residents at Phnom Penh's White Building on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
A general view of Phnom Penh's White Building, known locally as the "Building" and its residents on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
To open more minds, Sweden has Pride parades every year, drawing tens of thousands of participants.
Cambodian human rights and democracy activists in the US have split opinions on the deal cut between the ruling party and the opposition in July, ending a political deadlock that had lasted since the July 2013 elections.
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