The 5th Commemoration of the Standing Up for the Relegious Rights

On 8 February, 2007, approximately two hundred Khmer‐Krom Buddhist monks in Khleang (renamed Soc Trang) province marched for religious freedom in response to an increased state of security measures against Khmer spiritual figures. The response of the government was public defrocking in the streets, intimidating monk’s families as well as the spiritual leaders, and imprisoning five Buddhist monks without legal representation or a fair trial. As of today, the Khmer-Krom people still practice their Theravada Buddhism in FEAR. The Vietnamese government controls all the Buddhist monks leaders and has forced the Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks to join the Patriotic United Buddhist Association (Hội Đoàn Kết Sư Sải Yêu Nước) under the umbrella of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS – Giáo Hội Phật Giáo Việt Nam). The VBS is under the control of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (FFCC – Mặt Trận Tổ Quốc Việt Nam) which is a committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP).

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