Court recognizes refugee status of Cambodian activist, citing potential political persecution

A regional court has ruled a Cambodian activist who led pro-democracy movements for his home country in South Korea should be granted refugee status, legal sources said Wednesday.

The district court in Gwangju, 270 kilometers south of Seoul, has sided with the Cambodian asylum-seeker and nullified the local immigration office’s decision not to recognize his refugee status.

The court cited concerns that he could face political persecution if returned home.

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