The U.N. refugee agency has praised Vietnam for its plan to grant citizenship to 2,357 people who fled Cambodia’s genocide under Pol Pot more than three decades ago. Vietnam gave citizenship to 287 of the refugees during a ceremony last week in Ho Chi Minh City. The remaining 2,070 should get their ID cards and full rights by the end of the year.
The action makes Vietnam a leader among countries in ending statelessness. About 1.7 million Cambodians died of torture, execution, disease and starvation under the rule of Pot’s Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979.
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