#2 Khmer-Krom Newsletter November-December 2018

UNPO releases the second issue of a series of newsletters dedicated to the ongoing struggle of the Khmer-Krom people. This newsletter contextualises the plight of the Khmer-Krom community in the scope of international trade, and also features an interview with the President of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation.

Read more about it by downloading the November-December 2018 edition of our Khmer-Krom Newsletter and follow our #Khmerkromtuesday campaign on social media.

#1 Khmer-Krom Newsletter September-October 2018

The UNPO releases the first of a series of newsletters dedicated to the plight of the Khmer-Krom. The content of the newsletter presents a historical perspective of discrimination faced by the Khmer-Krom, while focusing on the empowerment of the youth.

Read more about it by downloading the September-October 2018 edition of our Khmer-Krom Newsletter and follow our #Khmerkromtuesday campaign on social media.

 

NEWSLETTER April 2018

In April 2018, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) organised two screenings: one on the conditions of Maya women in Guatemala, attended by MEP Julie Ward, and another one on the dire situation of the Hmong in Laos, hosted by MEP Ignazio Corrao at the European Parliament. The UNPO also contributed to a report on Tibet on the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review of the People’s Republic of China. Three UNPO Representatives respectively participated in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, US and in the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. Finally, the UNPO successfully convened two major events: a conference on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Berlin attended by high-level politicians and a large-scale march for the freedom of Uyghurs in Brussels that gathered around 2,000 people. On top of that, the UNPO warmly welcomed the Assyrian Confederation of Europe that now has a permanent office in our Brussels premises. 

To read more about that and learn more about our upcoming activities, download the April 2018 Newsletter here.

 

PRESS RELEASE: HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE

 

PRESS RELEASE

Human rights conference

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Celebrate, Standup and Demand Fundamental Rights for the Indigenous Peoples in Viet Nam

The Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF) will host a one-day human rights conference entitled “70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Celebrate, Standup and Demand Fundamental Rights for the Indigenous Peoples in Viet Nam” in San Jose, California, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 9 am to 4 pm, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR and continue raising the awareness of the current human rights violations against the Khmer-Krom who are the indigenous peoples of the Mekong Delta.

Every year on the tenth of December, people around the world celebrate the Human Rights Day which is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Unfortunately, the indigenous peoples in Viet Nam have not yet enjoyed the fundamental rights as enshrined in the UDHR, especially the right to freely celebrate the Human Rights Day.

As a member state, Viet Nam signed seven out of nine treaties with the United Nations and also signed to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP). Ironically, the Vietnamese government refuses to recognize the indigenous peoples in Viet Nam and label them as the ethnic minority. Lacking recognition, the indigenous peoples in Viet Nam have been facing human rights violations and assimilation that have raised serious concerns.

The human rights advocates, elected officials, scholars, and members of the civil society will be invited to speak at this conference to “promote, engage and reflect” on the UDHR, and also focus on discussing how to leverage the international human rights system to protect and promote the fundamental rights of the indigenous peoples in Viet Nam.

For more information and registration, please contact: info@khmerkrom.org

Provisional Panels and Panelists:

  • Panel 1: Advance Human Rights Enshrined in UDHR to promote and protect the fundamental rights of the Indigenous Peoples in Viet Nam
    • Dr. Joshua Cooper, Executive Director, Hawaii Institute for Human Rights
    • Representatives for the Indigenous Peoples in Vietnam:
      • Mr. Thong Kim To, Senior Advisor & former Chairman, KKF
      • Mrs. Siang Bacthi, Executive Director, Tai Study Center
      • Mr. James Her, Chairperson, Congress of World Hmong People
      • Mr. Kok Ksor, President, Degar Foundation
  • Panel 2: The Right to Self-Determination in the International Law
    • Senator Paul Strauss – United States Senator from the District of Columbia
    • Ms. Julie Duval, Program Officer, Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization (UNPO)
  • Panel 3: The Right to Freedom of Religion and Belief
    • (Tentative) Ms. Tina L. Mufford, Associate Director of Research and Policy, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
    • Venerable TT Dhammo, Director of Religious Affairs, KKF
  • Panel 4: The Right to Receive  Information and Freedom of Speech
    • (Tentative) Mr. Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch Asia Division
    • Dr. John Kirk Boyd, Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Unite for Rights
  • Panel 5: Implementing the 2030 Agenda and Its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Contributing and Advancing to the full Realization of Human Rights
    • Mr. Sereivuth Prak, Executive President, KKF
    • Dr. Joshua Cooper, Executive Director of Hawaii Institute for Human Rights

Download PDF File in Khmer & English

KKF Chairman’s invitation to attend annual meeting

N° 39/KKF.Ch/18

Date: 24/09/2018

LETTER OF INVITATION

FROM

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Dear Venerables, KKF’s members, supporters, and friends:

I am pleased to invite you to attend the KKF’s 2018 Annual Meeting to be held:

On:     Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7-8-9 December 2018

At:          Multicultural Center Hall

647 South King Road

San Jose, CA 95116

U.S.A.

It is an honor for KKF to have our Khmer-Krom community in San Jose to host this historical event in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

As in the agenda of previous annual meetings, the KKF’s leaders will update about the KKF’s 2018 activities and planning for the activities of 2019. Moreover, this annual meeting is more special.

There will be one day of this annual meeting (Saturday, 8 December 2018) to host as a one-day conference to invite the Human Rights advocates, scholars, and experts to speak at this conference. The speakers and panels will be broadcasted on VOKK and posted on the KKF’s website and social media.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this special annual meeting.

Sincerely yours,

Thach Vien

Chairman of the Board

For more information regarding the logistics of this annual meeting, please contact:

  1. Thach Chune – 408-613-6196
  2. Thach Toan – 408 – 314 – 6929
  3. Son Yoeng Ratana – 408 – 550-5060

Email: info@khmerkrom.org

There are two international airports to arrive at San Jose, California, U.S.A:

  1. San José International Airport (SJC) is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the center of global technology innovation. This is a preferred airport for easy to pick up and drops off.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is an international airport 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown San Francisco, California and 35 miles north of San Jose. It has flights to points throughout North America and is a major gateway to Europe and Asia.

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KKF Annual Meeting 2016

The Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation hosted its Annual Meeting for the year of 2016 in Las Vegas from 13 January to 15 January 2017.  More than one hundred members from around the world, including Italy, Cambodia, Canada and the United States attended this important meeting because it was not just the annual meeting, but this also marked the 20th years that the organization adopted its name as the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation. 

On Friday, 13 January 2017, the KKF Board of Directors and Advisors had a closed door meeting at the Rio Hotel to frankly discuss how to strengthen the organization to lead the movement to seek justice for the voiceless Khmer-Krom in Kampuchea-Krom effectively. Moreover, the members of the BoD and advisors also seriously reviewed all the issues that the organization is facing, especially the issues that Mr. Thach Ngoc Thach has repeatedly violated the By-Laws and the Code of Conduct of the organization. The members of the BoD decided to unanimously vote to withdraw the confidence in Mr. Thach Ngoc Thach as Executive President of the organization.

On Saturday, 14 January 2017, the second day of the annual meeting took place at the Elegante Banquet Hall. The members had a chance to listen to the history of the KKF’s name and activities of the KKF in 2016 from the KKF BoD members, advisors, Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks, and the core members of the KKF Youth Committee (KKFYC). KKF presented the Human Rights Awards to honor the Khmer-Krom Human Rights Activists who used to be imprisoned in Kampuchea-Krom. During the Q&A session, the KKF BoD members clearly answered all the accusations and questions that the members concerned.

On Sunday, 15 January 2017, the last day of the meeting took place at Buddhica Khmer Temple. The members had another chance to ask questions to KKF leaders. The KKF regional and local presidents updated their 2016 activities and gave suggestion to the KKF BoD to build into the 2017 plan. Right before the closing, Mr. Son Hua represented for the KKF BoD to read a Press Release regarding removing Mr. Thach Ngoc Thach from the office of the executive committee.

Details of the Press Release can be found at EnglishKhmer.

Mr. Thach Xe represented for KKF thank members of KKF chapter in Las Vegas, especially the committee members of the Buddhica Khmer temple for hosting this historical event.

KKF Annual (Year-End) Meeting 2016 Announcement

Due to miscommunication and confusion lately regarding to where the KKF will host the Annual (Year-End) Meeting for 2016, on behalf of the KKF BoD, the Chairman of KKF, officially announced and wrote an invitation letter to the KKF members around the world to attend the Annual Meeting from 13-15 January 2017, in Las Vegas. Please see attached invitation letter for detail information:

Invitation letter in Khmer

Invitation letter in English

Happy New Year 2015 Messages by KKF President

Happy New Year 2015 Messages by KKF President

Thach N. Thach – KKF President
What a year 2014 has been! From the Universal Periodic Review in February to our annual UNPFII, EMRIP to a successful Europe Mission in November, KKF has worked around the clock to keep the Khmer-Krom issues in the international spotlight.

This year has proved most challenging, but KKF has once again proven that it can rise to all challenges with it phenomenal force of dedicated and passionate volunteers across the world, working together to bring a voice for the millions of voiceless Khmer-Krom living in Kampuchea-Krom.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to highlight some of our activities at the local and international level to keep the world aware of our people’s issues. In February, Vietnam was up for its second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review and was questioned by 106 diplomats represented for their own countries. KKF was able to submit a Shadow report to the Human Rights Council prior to its review and lobbied with States in order for them to ask questions on our behalf. On June 20th, Vietnam rejected 45 key recommendations out of 227 relating to core fundamental human rights, such as freedom of press and express, Freedom of Religion and Association. The rejection of such key recommendations has shown the world that Vietnam does not fully obligate its commitment as a member of the Human Rights Council.

Continue reading “Happy New Year 2015 Messages by KKF President”

Khmer Grammar Book Seized by Vietnamese Authorities and Prohibited from Distribution

According to a report by the Voice of Kampuchea Krom (VOKK)  on the 13-14th February 2014 a Khmer Grammar book that was published in Thailand and sent to Kampuchea Krom was seized by Vietnamese authorities and prohibited from distribution.

Entitled, “វេយ្យាករណ៍ខ្មែរសង្គ្រោះ” the Khmer Grammar book was originally written by Thach Ek in  Kompong Spean (rename Cau Ke) District, Preah Trapeang (renamed Tra Vinh) province and was printed and published by Venerable Thach Chan Dara, a Khmer Krom Buddhist monk studying in Thailand.

The book was sent to be distributed to Khmer Krom teachers and students as a reference guide to the Khmer language. Upon its arrival in Kampuchea-Krom on the 13th of February 2014, 10 police officers began to ask questions in regards to who created the book, published it and how was it sent over. Two books were given to the local Vietnamese authorities so the content of the book could to be examined. However,the Vietnamese authorities returned  the next day and confiscated all the books, stating that it was against the Vietnam law and that content of the book was not approved by the Vietnam Government and they were prohibited from distributing it.

“I have asked permission from the creator of this book to publish it because I thought it was important for our studies,” says Venerable Thach Chan Dara in the interview with VOKK.

Venerable Thach Chan Dara has expressed his concern over the confiscated books, stating that the book was about Khmer grammar and did not contain anything political content that would oppose the Vietnamese Government.

“There is nothing lawfully wrong about this book. It does not contain any political content, or go against the Vietnam government. It serves to promote and encourage students and teachers to read and learn more about our Khmer language,” Venerable Thach Chan Dara adds.

The creation and publication of Khmer books, history and culture continued to be closely monitored and prohibited by the Vietnamese Government. This example clearly shows that there are no Freedom of Press in Vietnam contrary to what what the Vietnamese government has stated in their recent Universal Period Review in Geneva on February 5th 2014.

Picture: Thach Chan Dara holds Khmer Grammar Book that was prohibited from being distributed in Vietnam

Source: http://vokk.net/?p=14852

 

Open Invitation to KKF 2013 Annual Conference

2013_Annual_Conference_Invitation

The Khmers Kampuchea Krom-Krom Federation extends cordial invitation to all community members to join us in our end-of-year conference for 2013 at Orlando Florida.

The conference will take place on December 14th to December 15th.
For more information and specific details on accommodation, please contact organizers at the following:

Dok Thach 407-591-0439 407-591-0439
Bot Thach 407-234-2320 407-234-2320
Kosol Chan 407-288-3367 407-288-3367
Giap Tran 856-655-3838 856-655-3838