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Cambodians protest deal to resettle asylum-seekers rejected by Australia

  • A Cambodian Buddhist monk, right, and a villager, center, shout slogans during a protest near the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.  About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, have protested outside of Australia's embassy in Cambodia against a deal to be signed late Friday that will see asylum-seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia.  (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    A Cambodian Buddhist monk, right, and a villager, center, shout slogans during a protest near the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, have protested outside of Australia's embassy in Cambodia against a deal to be signed late Friday that will see asylum-seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cambodian riot police officers stand guard in front of Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, have protested outside of Australia's embassy in Cambodia against a deal to be signed later Friday that will see asylum-seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodian riot police officers stand guard in front of Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, have protested outside of Australia's embassy in Cambodia against a deal to be signed later Friday that will see asylum-seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cambodian protesters are blocked on a street near Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, have protested outside of Australia's embassy in Cambodia against a deal to be signed later Friday that will see asylum-seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodian protesters are blocked on a street near Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, have protested outside of Australia's embassy in Cambodia against a deal to be signed later Friday that will see asylum-seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, have protested outside of Australia's embassy in Cambodia against a deal to be signed later Friday that will see asylum-seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia.

A senior Australian minister says the bilateral agreement will cost the Australian government more than 10 million Australian dollars ($9 million) a year,.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will sign a memorandum of understanding with Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng in Phnom Penh to resettle an unspecified number of refugees currently held at an Australia-run detention camp on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru.

Critics charge that Cambodia's poor human rights record puts any resettled asylum-seekers at risk.