UNPO Calls on Vietnamese Authorities to Return Cambodian Passport of Venerable Seun Ty Immediately

The Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF) informed today [10 February 2020] that the Vietnamese authority of Soc Trang province has confiscated the Cambodian Passport of Venerable Seun Ty, who has been visiting his hometown in Soc Trang province since January 24, 2020. Venerable Seun Ty is a Khmer-Krom Buddhist monk, living in Cambodia since 2003 and holder of Cambodian citizenship.

On 2 February 2020, Venerable Seun Ty was summoned by the Vietnamese authority of Long Phu village under accusations of sharing information about the Khmer-Krom abroad on his Facebook. Claiming that he had violated the Vietnam Cybersecurity Law (Luat An Ninh), a “Stalinist” catch-all law, Vietnamese authorities forced him to sign a confession letter, which he refused. As a result, his passport was confiscated and now his is unable to return to his country, Cambodia. Such impediment represents a violation of Article 12.4 “no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country” of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Vietnam is a signatory.

In full: https://unpo.org/article/21740

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