A dozen Montagnards agree to repatriation from Cambodia to Vietnam

A dozen ethnic Montagnards who sought refugee status in Cambodia willingly returned to their home country of Vietnam Thursday after Hanoi gave assurances it would not punish or discriminate against them, according to rights group and United Nations officials.

The 12 were part of a group of 31 Montagnards who fled neighboring Vietnam in April citing discrimination, and immediately crossed through Cambodia into Thailand to apply for asylum.

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