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Cambodians protest Australia resettlement deal
Cambodians protest Australia resettlement deal
AP, 2014-09-26
Ou Virak, chairman of the nonpartisan Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said his country "couldn't give humanitarian support even if we wanted to." "Cambodia is poor as hell. Most of her people do not have access to decent health care, education. Money alone will not able to fix these things for the refugees," he said in an interview by email. "I think they will be left in limbo for years."
Human rights groups describe Cambodia asylum seeker deal as shameful
Human rights groups describe Cambodia asylum seeker deal as shameful
ABC News, 2014-09-25
Virak Ou, told Radio National Breakfast the country was poor and had a terrible record for protecting refugees. "It is shameful but it is also illegal. The Australian Government has an obligation to protect refugees and sending them Cambodia's way is not how a responsible country protects refugees," he said.
Australia to resettle asylum-seekers in Cambodia
Australia to resettle asylum-seekers in Cambodia
themalaymailonline, 2014-09-25
Ou Virak, chairman of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, slammed the proposed deal as “a failure for refugees”. “It looks like Australia has bought Cambodia to provide services for refugees,” he told AFP.
Obama Honors Slain Activist, Praises Rights Worker
Obama Honors Slain Activist, Praises Rights Worker
The Cambodia Daily, 2014-09-25
Mr. Obama also singled out Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), who is in the U.S. as part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and was in attendance Tuesday.
Cambodia, Australia set to sign controversial refugee deal
Cambodia, Australia set to sign controversial refugee deal
Yahoo News, 2014-09-24
Ou Virak, chairman of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, slammed the proposed deal as "a failure for refugees". "It looks like Australia has bought Cambodia to provide services for refugees," he told AFP.
Cambodia to settle Australia-bound refugees under controversial deal
Cambodia to settle Australia-bound refugees under controversial deal
RTE News, 2014-09-24
Ou Virak, chairman of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, slammed the proposed deal as "a failure for refugees". "It looks like Australia has bought Cambodia to provide services for refugees," he told AFP.
Obama Honors Two Cambodian Rights Workers
Obama Honors Two Cambodian Rights Workers
VOA, 2014-09-24
Obama also honored Chak Sopheap, who was present at the event. “Sopheap saw a fellow human rights advocate hauled off by the police, and she could have fled, too, but she says she’s never thought of leaving Cambodia even for a minute,” Obama said. “So she keeps organizing and marching and mobilizing youth to demand justice. And she says: ‘I dream that Cambodian citizens can enjoy the freedoms that they are entitled to.’ We could not be prouder of you, and we stand with you.”
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