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Cambodian Ministry of Interior identifies 70,000 ‘improper’ citizens, mostly ethnic Vietnamese

The Ministry of Interior of Cambodia is planning to revoke citizenship of 70,000 individuals, most of whom are ethnic Vietnamese born in Cambodia. To move ahead with the plan, the Minister of Interior held a meeting to discuss the withdrawal of citizenship from foreigners ‘who hold inaccurate documents because they were issued improperly’. Officials who issued such documents are at risk of facing charges. The Minister stated that the problem is at the national level, and is not targeting any particular individual. Many individuals targeted by this plan are at risk of statelessness as they only possess Cambodian citizenship.

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