Cambodia said Saturday it would expel 20 Muslim Uighurs who sought refuge after unrest in China's Xinjiang region, despite protests from the United States and rights activists.
Cambodian foreign ministry spokesman Koy Kuong declined to say where the Uighurs would be sent, but exile groups said the group would be deported to China where they could face torture.
"They are illegal immigrants and according to Cambodian immigration law they should be expelled from the country. So we must expel them," the spokesman said.
Interior ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said it would "take seven days to send all of them out of Cambodia".
The group arrived at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office after clashes between Xinjiang's Uighurs and China's majority Han ethnic group in July nearly 200 dead and 1,600 injured, according to official tolls. (hat tip Ken)