Cambodian Monk Stuck in Vietnam as Police Seize Passport

A Cambodian monk belonging to the ethnic Khmer Krom minority group has been left stranded in Vietnam after Vietnamese police seized his passport, leaving him effectively stateless and unable to return home, according to several sources.

Seun Ty, a Cambodian citizen after moving there from Vietnam in 2003, had been visiting family and friends in Vietnam’s Soc Trang province since Jan. 24, and was summoned by police on Feb. 2 to answer questions about Facebook postings deemed to have broken Vietnamese law.

Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service on Tuesday, Seun Ty—a Buddhist monk—said that he had posted information on rights abuses against ethnic Khmer Krom only while in Cambodia, and that he was therefore not subject to laws in Vietnam restricting discussions held online.

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