Cambodia jails critics deported by Thailand

Three Cambodian refugees deported by Thailand have been jailed on charges of conspiracy and incitement, police said on Monday, as pressure grows on the government to protect activists at risk of persecution in their home countries.

The pre-trial detention of the three members of Cambodia’s disbanded opposition party comes amid a broad crackdown that started in the run up to a 2018 general election and has been condemned by the United Nations and the West.

Veourn Veasna and Voeung Samnang were registered refugees under UN protection and returned earlier this month. Thavry Lanh, a former commune chief, was sent back to Cambodia on Saturday, according to Human Rights Watch.

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