Cambodia Repatriation Agreement

Over the past 15 years, the two nations have had a repatriation agreement that allows them to forcibly deport criminals linked to the other country. The US embassy in Phnom Penh told AFP it had been informed of Cambodia`s desire to renegotiate some aspects of the agreement. “It is necessary to amend the agreement because it has been criticized so far both by Cambodians here and by Cambodian communities in the United States, as well as by those who have been returned to Cambodia, that they appear to receive a double sentence,” he said. He added that Cambodia would soon present a proposal for a new removal agreement, adding that returns should only be voluntary and that deportees should have the right to visit their families in the United States. Cambodia responded by allowing the resumption of evictions last year, followed by an increase. Chum Sounry, a spokesman for Cambodia`s Foreign Ministry, said news of the suspended agreement was addressed to W. . .