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UN condemns Thailand for deporting refugees


The UN refugee agency has condemned Thailand for deporting three Cambodian refugees in two weeks, after a former politician who was sent back to Phnom Penh was jailed. Thavry Lanh fled to Thailand more than four years ago after representi­ng the now dissolved Cambodian opposition party and was a vocal critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government. Thai immigratio­n officers arrested her on Friday and she was sent to Cambodia the next day. Gillian Triggs, a senior official with the UNHCR, said the move contravene­d the principle of non-refoulemen­t, under which countries are banned from deporting people to places where their lives or freedom are in danger.

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