The Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation has been relentlessly working around the clock to advocate for the rights of its indigenous peoples in Kampuchea-Krom (the Mekong Delta and its surrounding areas).
In May 2004, KKF made their first historic appearance at the United Nations headquarters, in New York City during its Fourth Session on the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The first Khmer-Krom organization to be present, their initial participation created waves of shock and disbelief as thousands of indigenous peoples, governments and non-governmental organization were enlightened about the human rights reality in Vietnam. In particular the issues relating to health, education, women, human rights and culture of the Khmer-Krom people were raised and recommendations presented to the Permanent Forum members.
Three years on, the KKF are fast gaining respect and recognition as an indigenous organization, making constructive contribution and recommendations concerning the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Permanent Forum Members, the Vietnamese government, and the NGOs.
Through their human rights work, KKF is actively monitoring the situation in Kampuchea-Krom and works at international levels including forums to ensure that Vietnam is adhering to its promises made at the United Nations and that it is genuinely reflected back at the grass roots level.
The following documents are related to KKF activities at the United Nations.
2010: Ninth Session on Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- Item 7: Future work by Chantria Tram
- Speech by Indigenous Youths
- Vietnam Sings Old Tune, Accuses KKF of Separatist Activities Again...
2009: Eighth Session on Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- UNPFII 2009: Item 3(c)
- UNPFII 2009: Item 3(c) Vietnam Intervention part 1
- UNPFII 2009: Item 3(c) Vietnam Intervention part 2
- UNPFII 2009: Item 7 Future work
2008: Seventh Session on Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- Item 3: Climate Change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges
- Item 4: Economic and Social Development
- Item 4 (f) Human rights
- “KKF a distraction to Permanent Forum” Says Vietnam
- KKF Intervention on Vietnam Government Speech
- Item 9: Future Work
2007: Sixth Session on Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- Terriorities, Lands and Natural Resources by Romy Thach
- Item 4(a): Economic and social development by Sothy Kien
- Response statement by Vietnam Government, Mr. Nguyen Tat Thanh, Deputy Permanent Representative,
- UNPFII: Human Rights
- Intervention Statement by Vietnam Delegation to UNPFII
- Vietnam Cancels Khmer Krom Side Event at UNPFII
- Item 7: Urbanization and Migration of indigenous peoples
- Item 4g: Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples - English
- UNPFII: Future Works
2006: Fifth Session on Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- UNPFII Fifth Session: Item 3
- UNPFII Fifth Session Item 3: Intervention by Permanent Members
- UNPFII Fifth Session Item 4: Intervention by KKF
- UNPFII Fifth Session Item 4: Speech by Khmer Krom Buddhist Association
- UNPFII Fifth Session Item 5: Future Works
- KKF recommendations to the UNPFII and Commission on Human Rights- 2006 (PDF)
2005: Fourth Session on Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- Collective Statement by Hmong and KKF Delegations
- Vietnam Statement
- KKF Response Statement
- Poverty and hunger by Hoang
- Education by Charlie Thach
- Buddhist Education by Venerable Kan Sophal
- Human rights
- Women rights by Sothy Kien
2004: Third Session on Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- KKF recommendations to the UNPFII and Commission on Human Rights- 2004 (PDF)
- Indigenous Women - by Polly Luu
- Education - by Sophan Son
- Culture - by Rong Be
- Human Rights - by Sereivuth Prak
- Economic and Social Development - by Serey Chau
- Environment Issues - by Tran Giap
- Health - by Kha Kiep
- Future Work of the Forum - by Thach Dhammo