PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (FDI) \u2013 Three Chinese citizens holding official United Nations refugee protection cards have gone into hiding fearing the Chinese Embassy might kidnap or even kill them.\n\n\n\n\u201cThese things have already happened here many times,\u201d says Mr. Kan Lykuy, 35. \u201cThe Chinese government is so domineering. We are running from place to place and with no money; this is no way to live.\u201d\n\n\n\nSince last week, Ms. Jiang, Mr. Gao, and Mr. Kan have been receiving threatening phone calls and have reported being followed by spies. They are being chased not only for their beliefs in religions that are not recognized by the Chinese government, but also for supporting practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice severely persecuted in China.\n\n\n\nThe three did not know each other initially, but say that the Chinese embassy has grouped them together because the embassy suspects they each have helped expose the Embassy\u2019s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in Cambodia.\n\n\n\nMr. Gao says he received a death threat from someone he says works for the Chinese government. \u201cYou helped the Falun Gong practitioners, you should watch out for your life,\u201d Mr. Gao said the caller told him.\n\n\n\nMs. Jiang also received a threatening call. \u201cI cannot sleep at night,\u201d she says in tears. \u201cI ran from one place to another, but within a few days I was being followed again.\u201d\n\n\n\nMr. Kan says that the Chinese Embassy has already tried to deport him back to China, where he could be killed.\n\n\n\nRepresentatives of several human rights organizations based in Cambodia say that the three are in real danger. \u201cThe Chinese government does these kinds of thing all the time,\u201d says one human rights worker.\n\n\n\nOn August 2, 2002, the Chinese Embassy kidnapped two Falun Gong practitioners living in Phnom Penh. Mr. Li Guojun and Ms. Zhang Xinyi had escaped from China after then-Chinese leader Jiang Zemin started persecuting Falun Gong in 1999. They received certificates from the United Nations\u2019 High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recognizing them as official \u201cpersons of concern.\u201d\n\n\n\nAccording to media reports, embassy agents found out about the two and, with help from Cambodian police, kidnapped them. (news) On August 9 they were deported back to China and sent to a labor camp.\n\n\n\nThe two have not been heard from since. (news)\n\n\n\nThe abducted couple were close friends of Ms. Jiang, an ethnic Chinese from Liaoning Province. She practices Tibetan Buddhism, which she says the Chinese Government does not allow outside of Tibet.\n\n\n\nHer elder brother, Mr. Jiang Linzhong, and his wife are also Falun Gong practitioners. Following the abduction of the first couple they were similarly chased by Chinese Embassy personnel in August 2002. Their full story was exposed in the media, and the UNHCR staff was able to get them out of the country and relocate them in Europe.\n\n\n\nThe remaining refugees, however, feel they have no one to protect them. \u201cIt is so easy for the Chinese government to kill people in Cambodia,\u201d says Mr. Gao. He says he knows several Chinese people in Cambodia who have been murdered recently.\n\n\n\n\u201cI told the UNHCR office that if they cannot protect me I might as well just walk into the [Chinese] Embassy\u2019s front door and surrender,\u201d he says. \u201cI would rather die in China than die here were no one will even know about it.\u201d\n\n\n\nMr. Gao, 39, is a member of the underground Catholic Church that is being persecuted in China. He escaped from China after his chapter\u2019s pastor and several Church members were arrested and persecuted.\n\n\n\n\u201cWhen the Chinese government started persecuting Falun Gong they went after others as well in the \u2018Strike-hard\u2019 campaign,\u201d says Mr. Gao. \u201cThey also labeled our Catholic Church an \u2018illegal evil cult.\u2019\u201d\n\n\n\nAlso a persecuted Catholic, Mr. Kan says that the Chinese regime is not afraid of violating United Nations\u2019 rules. He believes he is not safe in Cambodia since the Chinese and Cambodian governments are very close, and so the Chinese regime does whatever it wants in the country.\n\n\n\nMr. Kan had tried escaping to another country before, but was arrested at the Cambodian-Thai border. He was sent to a detention center near the Phnom Penh airport, where Chinese Embassy officials recorded his personal information and tried to deport him to China, he says.\n\n\n\n\u201cWhat good will investigating this case be after we are arrested?\u201d Asks Mr. Kan. \u201cBy then I will be in China and killed.\u201d\n\n\n\nThe three are seeking protection from the United Nations and relocation to a safer country. They say they do not care where they end up as long as they are safe from what they feel is a day-to-day threat of being abducted or killed.