Visual History of Kampuchea-Krom

An animated time map of the Khmer Empire from 100CE to 1550CE created by the University of Sydney in collaboration with University of Kyoto. It is a through-time animation of the political geography of the Khmer empire with brief description of major political events.View Now

Khmer Krom Monitor

This web site monitor the situation of Khmer Krom. From the web site – “This blog is dedicated to bring about justice for Khmer Krom in Kampuchea Krom(south Vietnam) and to disclose the true color of the State of Vietnam’s dirty plan: “Vietnamization of Indochina” region. Link

Why double standards?

Thach Hong, a Khmer Krom living in Cambodia wrote to the Phnom Penh Post about Khmers in Kampuchea-Krom prohibited from recieving media broadcast from Cambodia. Link

Righteous protests

When the Vietnamese prime minister came to the United States, he heard from Vietnamese Americans and Khmer Kroms. National Review, July 18, 2005, by Rachel Zabarkes Friedman Link

Protection Of Traditional Lands, Water, Education, Laws

A United Nations press release has KKF statements ” A representative of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Federation said that 70 per cent of his people were illiterate, and recommended that an educational foundation be set up with outside funding and technical support, without government interference. The Khmer Krom language should be one of Viet Nam’s official languages, and a school should be established that was operated by the Khmer Krom. Scholarships and opportunities to study abroad should be equally shared between the Khmer Krom and the country’s remaining population. The UNESCO should work with the Forum to assist with the education of Viet Nam’s indigenous peoples.” Link

Losing Ground to the Khmer Rouge

Wilfred P. Deac’s article has a mention about Khmer Krom fighting with the American special forces during the Viet Nam war. In the article, he wrote “Because of misuse, the Khmer Krom, combat-hardened Cambodians from South Vietnam who provided the backbone for 13 FANK brigades and the Special Forces, were virtually absent from the ranks by the end of 1972”. Link

Future Work of the Forum

Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation at the Third Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on the Indigenous Issues, May 10-21, 2004 in New York City Item 5: Future Work of the Forum Date: May 20, 2004
Speaker: THACH Dhammo Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Distinguished representatives of Member States, Indigenous Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations, Ladies and Gentlemen My name is Dhammo Thach, Representative of the Khmers Kampuchea Krom Federation. I have the honor to speak at the Forum today on its future works. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. As the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Annan has highlighted in his opening remark, ” the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People have been marked by many striking achievements for indigenous peoples at the United Nations, not least of which is the creation of this Forum. Despite those gains, the aspiration of the indigenous peoples have been ignored; their lands have been taken; their cultures denigrated or directly attacked; their languages and customs suppressed; their wisdom and traditional knowledge overlooked; and their sustainable ways of developing natural resources dismissed. Some have even faced the threat of extinction. They continue to suffer from prejudice and ill-will. In many cases they are trapped in the middle of conflicts, conscripted into armed forces, faced with summary executions and relocated from their lands. They are subject to extreme poverty, disease, environmental destruction and sometimes permanent displacement. Stressing that such grave threats must be confronted without delay to keep them from festering and deepening.” Fortunately, the United Nations is ready to confront problems that the indigenous people are facing, so do the Member States. The Permanent Forum needs more resources as well as active support from pertinent UN agencies including the UN Security Council to promote peace and harmony in between the indigenous people and the dominant groups in the society. This forum should be more involved in the world affairs on behalf of the indigenous people than just providing opinions to the ECOSOC. This forum should have real ability to safeguard the indigenous people’s rights, and also to promote their culture and identity. Madam MARJATTA RASI of Finland, President of the Economic and Social Council, said the Permanent Forum was fast becoming an indispensable part of the United Nations system, a focal point for indigenous issues at the United Nations and a meeting place for indigenous peoples, Member States and other stakeholders the world over. Additionally, Mr. Ocampos, the UN Under Secretary on Economic and Social Affairs has stated during the opening session of this Forum, last week: The marginalization, extreme poverty, discrimination and other human rights violations to which indigenous peoples were subjected must be ended. The international community must learn that participatory human sustainable development constituted the road to peace and prosperity for all peoples, including indigenous peoples. The Millennium Development Goals must include indigenous peoples in their implementation, he added. If those Goals were to be achieved by the year 2015, the necessary institutions, funding, programming and other mechanisms must be established this year with the participation of indigenous peoples. Mr. Chairman, there have been many excellent speeches and oral interventions through out the week from all quarters of this forum. Many excellent recommendations have been raised on indigenous women and on the six mandate areas. For its future works, I would like to appeal to the forum as the following: 1. To ask the UN, to provide more resources for the forum to establish necessary institutions, programs and mechanism to monitor and report on the implementation of forum recommendations, and to enable the indigenous people’s participation and feedback on the implementation of the UN mandate areas and other issues that are important to them. 2. To request the ECOSOC and Security Council as well as Member States to timely response to the appeal of the forum on matter that is significant to peace and security and when human rights of indigenous people are at risks. 3. To create contact information of all IPO, NGO, and UN agencies. 4. To provide training and support for indigenous organizations on how to develop and implement the indigenous media including Newspapers, Radio, TV and Internet in their community. 5. To devote major efforts on the indigenous people’s census, data collection and statistics, etc to be part of the Secretariat’s responsibility as important as one of the six mandate areas. 6. To create the University of the Indigenous People that has many branches around the world. Thank you very much for your time and attention. Venerable THACH, Dhammo

Health

Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation at the Third Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on the Indigenous Issues, May 10-21, 2004 in New York City Item 4 (c): Health Date: May 19, 2004
Speaker: Kha Diep Mr. Chairman and distinguished delegates: My name is Kha Diep. I am honored to speak today on behalf of the Khmers-Kampuchea Krom Federation representing millions of Khmer Krom people who are suffering under the colonization by the Vietnamese government of Kampuchea Krom and to present the health issues that our unfortunate people are facing. Today, for the first time in world history, the Khmer Krom has the privilege to present these issues to the United Nations. We thank you for giving us this opportunity to be here with all our indigenous brothers and sisters from around the globe. I would like to speak to you about the appalling health conditions suffered by the Khmer Krom under the brutal oppression of the Vietnamese occupation of Kampuchea Krom. The Khmer Krom people are the indigenous owners of Kampuchea Krom ever since the first century until our homeland was illegally ceded to Vietnam in 1949. It is the genocidal practice of the Vietnamese to deny even the most basic health care for the Khmer Krom in their efforts to eradicate the Khmer Krom people and the last vestiges of their culture. I would like to point out the following: 1. There are virtually no health care facilities, as the modern civilized world understands the term, for the Khmer Krom. 2. Clinics and hospitals exist only in the cities where the Vietnamese live and none in the villages and rural areas where the Khmer Kron live. 3. If a Khmer Krom does go to a hospital in a city, they are refused treatment because they do not have the money to pay for the service. 4. There are no medical doctors or nurses in the villages and rural areas of Kampuchea Krom where most of the Khmer Krom live. 5. If a Khmer Krom is fortunate enough to graduate from medical school (There is only one medical school graduate in all of Kampuchea Krom and he graduated decades ago!), he is ethnically discriminated against by not being allowed to have an internship to qualify as a medical practitioner. 6. There are no public health nurses in the villages and rural areas. 7. Children are not vaccinated for contagious diseases nor taught the most basic hygienic practices to ward off diseases. 8. There is no prenatal care for pregnant women. 9. There are no medical personnel to assist in the delivery of babies and many women die in childbirth. Also there is a high incidence of infant mortality. 10. Currently there are over three thousand blind Khmer Krom who have no assistance dealing with the lost of their sight. This blindness is a new phenomenon in Kampuchea Krom. 11. The most primitive sanitary conditions do not exist in the villages and rural areas of the Khmer Krom. There is no public water system, sewer system, or plumbing. A river serves the triple purpose of water supply, laundry, and human waste disposal. To make matter worse the rivers have been dammed in such a way as to inhibit their natural flow, making the pollution even worse. 12. The use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers by Vietnamese agribusinesses damages the environment and endangers the health of the Khmer Krom. Also, polluting industries are placed in villages and rural areas further damaging the environment and endangering the health of the Khmer Krom population. I would like respectfully to suggest the following solutions to these problems: 1. The establishment of health a clinic in each of the 21 Khmer Krom provinces by the World Health Organization (WHO) or other altruistic organizations. 2. The staffing of these clinics by the World Health Organization or international volunteers such as the Peace Corps of the United States. 3. The staff of these clinics would train the Khmer Krom in health care practices so that they can become self-sufficient. 4. The establishment of a public health service in each village that would see that children are vaccinated against contagious diseases and taught hygienic practices to ward off diseases. 5. Each clinic would have a lying in facility for pregnant women for childbirth. 6. Assistance from some charitable organization to help our blind and a study by a scientific team to determine the cause of this new malady afflicting the Khmer Krom. 7. The establishment of scholarship funds for the Khmer Krom students to attend medical schools outside Vietnam, inasmuch as the Khmer Krom are ethnically discriminated against and denied admission to Vietnamese medical schools. 8. The establishment of nursing scholarships funds for the Khmer Krom students in nursing schools outside Vietnam for the same reason. 9. An exploration of the feasibility of establishing an independent nursing and medical school under the auspices of some altruistic organization. 10. A project by international volunteers to help the Khmer Krom establish public water and sewage systems in the provinces. 11. An investigation by an international environmental agency of the agricultural and industrial pollution of the Kampuchea Krom environment. Mr. Chairman, I hope that the United Nations and the people of the world will recognize and understand the reason for these appalling health condition suffered by the Khmer Krom and that this knowledge and understanding will move all people of goodwill to come to the compassionate aid of these suffering and oppressed people. Thank you Mr. Chairman and distinguished delegates; Kha Diep

Environment Issues

Khmer Krom Federation at the Third Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on the Indigenous Issues, May 10-21, 2004 in New York City Item 4 (b): Environment Issues Date: May 18, 2004
Speaker: Tran Giap Mr. Chairman and Members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: My name is Giap Tran. I am very thankful for this opportunity to speak to you about the environmental issues faced by the Khmer Krom, the indigenous people of Kampuchea Krom. They are facing many life threatening disadvantages in a rapidly deteriorating environment. This deterioration has in many ways affect the way of life of the Khmer Krom people and their cultural existence. The environment in the areas of Kampuchea Krom or the Mekong Delta, where the Khmer Krom live, is being polluted by the pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers used by the agribusiness. The environment is being further polluted by industries built by the government authorized projects in the villages and rural areas where the Khmer Krom live. The rivers that serve as the water supply, laundry, and human waste disposal are being dammed in such a way as to further concentrate the pollution of the rivers. Obviously this is severely detrimental to the health of the Khmer Krom. All this is a concerted effort to damage the environment in such a way as to endanger the health and lives of the inhabitants to make them leave the area. In this historic moment I would like to present to the United Nations the environmental problems facing the Khmer Krom and would also like to suggest some solutions to help ease their suffering. Problems: 1. As we are entering the new millennium, the Khmer Krom are suffering from environmental conditions that negatively impact their economic development and impairs their health and endangers their lives. 2. The Vietnamese government does not provide any public water or sanitation systems in the villages and rural areas where the Khmer Krom live. 3. The rivers and streams are being polluted by pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and industrial waste. This pollutes the water supply for humans and kills the fish, shrimp, crabs, and lobsters and prevents the reproductions of these species. Khmer Krom foods supplies are cut. 4. The air is being polluted by toxic industrial pollutants. 5. The forests of Kampuchea Krom are being cut down to make space for the new illegal Vietnamese settlement, having a negative impact on the environment. Furthermore, the trees that mark the sites of Buddhist temples and are symbols of the Khmer Krom culture are also being cut down to eradicate their historic cultural aspect. 6. The rivers are being dammed and the water diverted in such a way as to concentrate pollution and to devastate the areas that were formerly naturally irrigated where the Khmer Krom live. Solutions: 1. All toxic pesticide (such as DDT), herbicides, and fertilizers should be banned. 2. Public water and sanitation systems should be established in the villages and rural areas of Kampuchea Krom. 3. A program to clean up the rivers and streams should be instituted and further pollution by agribusinesses and industries should be banned. 4. Industrial pollution of the air should be banned and a program to monitor the industrial emissions of toxic gases should be initiated. 5. The deforestation of Kampuchea Krom should cease. 6. The World Health Organization (WHO) should develop and implement a health care system to deal with the environmental related health problems and to train the Khmer Krom to resolve these problems themselves. Mr. Chairman , I have tried to explain the harsh environmental conditions under which the Khmer Krom live. I respectfully urge the United Nations and the global community to enlist the aid of the world’s environmental experts to come to the assistance of the Khmer Krom and to help institute the solutions that I have suggested. The very survival of the indigenous Khmer Krom depends upon you. May we count on your generous support? Thank you very much. Giap Tran