Montreal community awakes to Khmer Krom’s true suffering

On December 4th, 2005, The Khmer Kampuchea -Krom Federation (KKF) has wrapped up its last campaign for 2005 in Montreal, Quebec Canada. Over 100 Khmer and Khmer Krom families opened their warm welcomes to the representatives of the Khmer Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF). The Khmer Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF) representatives and the local families have been waiting for this moment for a long time. A meeting was organized to enlighten the locals about the KKF™s missions and the current human rights violations in Kampuchea-Krom (South Vietnam). Despite the snow storm, more than 100 people of all ages and genders showed up in Wat Khmer Canada. “I am very happy and impressed by the positive messages and pragmatic strategies of the KKF,” said Ven. Hok Savan, who is the founder of this beautiful pagoda. “Advocating for human rights based on non-violence principles is the path that conforms with the Buddhist teaching,” continues Dr. Hok Savan before blessing all participants with Jayanto chanting. The Khmer Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF) is a non-profit organization, which works according to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, to advocate human rights and democracy for the Khmer-Krom people living in Kampuchea-Krom (South Vietnam). It came as a surprise to the KKF representatives that the Khmer-Krom families living in Canada did not know about the repeated human rights violations in Kampuchea Krom. These Khmer families had never been to Kampuchea Krom nor had they been informed of the terrible situations in which the Khmer Krom people in Kampuchea Krom are forced to live daily. The entire room was deeply saddened by this tragic story and they were very enthusiastic in the resolve to support KKF’s mission. This is the kind of energy and support that fuels the KKF representatives to continue to work with Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), Transnational Radical Party (TRP), United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UN-PFII), US. Department of State, European Union and furthermore with International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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