CANBERRA, Australia – Australia has accepted the family of a murdered Cambodian political activist as refugees, as the Australian government encourages its rejected refugees to resettle in Cambodia.
Victoria state lawmaker Hong Lim's office said Tuesday that Kem Levy's wife and five children arrived in Melbourne, the state capital, from Thailand on Saturday.
Kem Ley was shot dead in a convenience store in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, in July 2016, and his family escaped to a Thai refugee camp.
Australia agreed in 2014 to pay Cambodia $35 million over four years to resettle an unspecified number of refugees held on an Australian-run immigration camp on the Pacific Island nation of Nauru.
Only seven refugees took up the offer and reportedly only three remain there.