Open Letter: Thanks for Your Support to Seek Justice for our Khmer-Krom Human Rights Activists

On behalf of the KKF Board of Directors and members, I would like to thank for your valuable time, courage, support, and financial donation to support Tim Sakhorn and five former Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks who were imprisoned injustice in Vietnam. First of all, on June 30, 2007 , Ven. Tim Sakhorn is a former Buddhist monk who was defrocked by monks who work for the Vietnamese government’s interest: Tep Vong, Non Nghet, Om Lam Heng, Sao Chanthol, Long Kim Leang, Cheas Om, Noi Chreuk, and deported him to imprison in Vietnam with the accusation of undermining the relationship Vietnam and Cambodia. Currently, Tim Sakhorn had been granted asylum to living in Sweden because of the tireless support of our Khmer and Khmer-Krom around the world, NGOs, and UN agencies. Secondly, on February 8, 2007, five former Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks who were defrocked injustice in Khleang (Soc Trang) province by the Vietnamese government and imprisoned from 2 to 4 years: Ly Suong, Ly Hoang, Kim Muon, Danh Tol, Thach Thuong, after participating in a peaceful demonstration to demand religious rights. Currently, they had been granted asylum to living in Sweden and Holland because of the tireless support of our Khmer and Khmer-Krom around the world, NGOs, and UN agencies. Thirdly, Mr. Son Sa Vang, former President of the Friendship Kampuchea-Krom Association in Kari Vong district, Takeo province, and his family had also been granted asylum to living in Sweden. Mr. Son Sa Vang was accused of protecting Khmer-Krom from escaping of the oppression by the Vietnamese government. The results of the above people’s resettlements to living in the freedom and democracy countries show that: 1. The injustice actions must be failed. 2. Your devotion, support, and struggle to fight for the justice for our nation will win. 3. The Unification among our Khmer will bring victory. As mentioned above, KKF and the victims of the Human Rights abuses would like to thank from the bottom of our heart for your support in our peaceful non-violent movement to seek justice for our unfortunate Khmer-Krom in Kampuchea-Krom. We would like to wish you and your family with full of joyfulness, happiness, healthiness, and prosperities. Respectfully Yours, Thach Ngoc Thach President of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation

Open Letter: Appeal to Stop Sponsoring and Issuing Visas for the Monks Who Violate Human Rights and Buddhism’s Principles

Dear Immigrant Officers of Foreign Embassies in Cambodia and Cambodian Community Leaders Abroad: A high profile Khmer-Krom activist, Tim Sakhorn, reported about how he was dramatically arrested, deported from Cambodia to be imprisoned in Vietnam by the monks in Cambodia. On June 30, 2007, Venerable Cheas Om, who was a high-ranking Buddhist monk in Takeo province in Seyha Rattana Ram Temple, called Venerable Tim Sakhorn to visit him. When Venerable Tim Sakhorn arrived at his temple, Venerable Tim Sakhorn saw other Buddhist monks from Phnom Penh waiting for him there. Venerable Sao Chanthol took a defrocking ordered letter, which was signed and stamped by the Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong and Non Nget, and read it to accuse Venerable Tim Sakhorn for using his temple to undermine the relationship between Cambodia and Vietnam. Venerable Tim Sakhorn denied the accusation and refused to be defrocked because he did not committed the crime as they accused him and he did not violate any Buddhism’s principles in order to be defrocked. Venerable Long Kim Leang directly stripped off Venerable Tim Sakhorn’s frock in front of everyone and threw him clothes that they already brought with them from Phnom Penh, dragged him to a car that was already parked outside of the room where they met, and pushed him into the car to deport him to Vietnam in the same day. Consequently, Tim Sakhorn, a Cambodian citizen, was thrown in Vietnamese prison for a year before being granted asylum to live in Sweden. These are the monks who involved with defrocking Venerable Tim Sakhorn: 1. Tep Vong, Wat Ona-Lom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2. Non Nget, Wat Bo-Tum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 3. Om Lam Heng, Wat Champu Ka-Ek, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 4. Long Kim Leang, Wat Khmer San Jose, California, USA 5. Sao Chanthol, Wat Langka, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 6. Noi Chruek, Wat Chan Bori Vong, Preuk Phnom Commune, Ponhea Leu District, Kandal Province, Cambodia 7. Cheas Om, Wat Seyha Rattana Ram, Takeo city, Takeo Province, Cambodia Venerable Tim Sakhorn was a well respected Abbott of Northern Phnom Denh Pagoda in Takeo province (Cambodia) and he was wrongly accused of undermining the friendship between Cambodia and Vietnam. Tep Vong, Non Nget, Om Lam Heng, Sao Chanthol, Long Kim Leang, Noi Chruek, and Cheas Om who involved with defrocking Venerable Tim Sakhorn are in fact the human rights abusers who serve the interest of the Vietnamese government. In this regards, I would like to: • Urge the immigrant officers of foreign embassies in Cambodia to stop issuing Visa for these monks to travel to your countries because they violated Mr. Tim Sakhorn’s right to be a Buddhist monk, especially to send him from Cambodia to imprison injustice in Vietnam. • Urge the Cambodian community leaders abroad to stop sponsoring these monks to visit your community or as religious workers because these monks violated the Buddhism’s principles and do not qualify to work as religious workers to educate our Cambodians about Buddhism. If you have any questions or concerns about how these monks involved with defrocking Venerable Tim Sakhorn, please do not hesitate to contact me. Respectfully Yours, Thach Ngoc Thach President of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation

The Vietnamese Authority Threatens Using Armed Forces to against Khmer-Krom Farmers

PRESS RELEASE: 09 September 2009 Pennsauken, NJ, USA Krobao (Tinh Bien) District, An Giang Province, Vietnam – On September 8, 2009, the Vietnamese authority summoned Khmer-Krom farmers to meet the Vietnamese authority representatives at three different temples: Sang Ke Douch temple, Om Pei Swai temple, and Pothi temple. The Vietnamese Authority representatives told the Khmer-Krom farmers that they will continue their canal construction plan in An Cu commune, Krobao (Tinh Bien) district, Moth Chrouk (An Giang) province, which is a canal construction plan that the Khmer-Krom farmers have been peacefully protesting against it to demand the Vietnamese authority to stop digging canal on their rice fields without paying any compensation. The Vietnamese authority representatives also threatened the Khmer-Krom farmers that they will use armed forces to oppress the protesters if the Khmer-Krom farmers keep protesting. On September 9, 2009, the Vietnamese Authority summoned three Khmer-Krom women (Neang Vann, Neang Ra, and another woman whose name is unknown) to intimidating and threatening them regarding to their participating in the peaceful protest against digging canal on their rice fields. In the same day, the Vietnamese authority sent two more digging machines to An Cu commune. Instead of peaceful solving the issues with the Khmer-Krom farmers, the Vietnamese authority threatened that they will continue their construction plan on September 10, 2009. In this regards, I urgently would like to: • Urge the Vietnamese government to stop threatening to use armed forces against the armless Khmer-Krom farmers. • Urge the Vietnamese government to find a peaceful solution to help Khmer-Krom farmers to keep their rice fields to farm. • Urge the foreign Embassies and UN Human Rights Agencies in Vietnam to ask Vietnam to respect the land rights of the Indigenous Khmer-Krom farmers. Thanks for your help in advance. Respectfully Yours, Thach Ngoc Thach President of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation CC: Foreign Embassies and UN Human Rights Agencies in Vietnam