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“The way they look is different”: Cambodia’s latest crackdown echoes the Rohingya persecution

The ethnic Vietnamese population in Cambodia find their citizenship at risk—sometimes, based on looks alone

By Sabina Lawreniuk  

Photo: Wikimedia/Dmitry A. Mottl

Amid the publication this week of a UN report that confirmed Myanmar security forces have forcibly driven out half a million of the nation’s Rohingya group came unsettling news from neighbouring Cambodia about plans to strip citizenship rights from its own ethnic Vietnamese minority. The Immigration Department there has announced that it will revoke documentation, including passports and national identification cards, from 70 000 individuals with ‘mistaken’ credentials.

Many of these are long-term residents, some of whom were born in Cambodia to families who also…

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