On May 22, 2012, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Committee on Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), which is composed by the Nineteen UN Member States, voted to grant KKF Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC by a consensus decision of all members on the NGO Committee. The observer delegation of Vietnam delivered a statement on May 30, 2012, requested member States of ECOSOC to overturn the decision of the NGO Committee, and launched a vehement campaign against KKF. On 23 July 2012, the member States of ECOSOC voted to revoke KKF’s consultative status with the result of 27 (yes), 14 (no), and 10 (abstain).
On January 28, 2016, the UN Committee on NGOs decided to vote to deny the representative of KKF to speak to support the application in the second time. The result of the vote against KKF’s representative to speak was 14 (yes), 4 (no), 1 (abstain), and 1 (absent). On January 29, 2016, the KKF’s application was denied and closed.
This month, May 2019, the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs will review the KKF’s application for the third time. The reason that KKF keeps re-applying because KKF never gives up its commitment to promote and protect human rights for the Khmer-Krom people in Vietnam in compliance with the UN Charter and international laws.
The KKF believe in equal rights taking basic steps to secure fundamental freedoms, especially in the area of language and religion (Theravada Buddhism). The KKF spiritual practices guide the actions toward cooperation toward universal peace. The UN Charter and the Buddhist character inspire the initiatives of the KKF. Building, not breaking up, the self and the state is the core belief of the KKF.
Despite the untrue accusation in order to disturb the KKF’s mission, KKF continues to participate and contribute positively to the mission of the UN PFII, the UPR, the EMRIP, HLPF & VNR, CAT, ICCPR. KKF has been associated with the UN Department of Global Communications (formally known as Department of Public Information) since November 2015. KKF has actively partnered with other NGOs to organize workshop and conferences to promote the works of the UN, and especially the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As an organization created in harmony with the core commitments of the United Nations and having many positive contributions to the missions of the UN, KKF is looking forward to answering any questions that the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs has regarding KKF’s application.
Wednesday, December 26,
Dear KKF Members, Supporters, and Friends:
During this holiday’s season and as this year is ending, on behalf of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF), I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and wish all the negativity and difficulties also end with this year.
As the upcoming year of 2019 is approaching, it is now a good time for us to reflect what we had done in 2018. Let me begin by expressing my deep appreciation to the KKF members and supporters who have worked tirelessly around the world to show that the indigenous Khmer-Krom people in Kampuchea-Krom are still facing the human rights abuses and the religious persecutions.
Together working as a team, we once again demonstrated our ability and confidence to lead KKF in advocating for the fundamental rights of the Khmer-Krom successfully around the world. Below are the links to the summary of the KKF activities in 2018:
As the New Year dawns, May it bring new happiness, new achievements, fully loaded with happiness and brighter tomorrow. Happy New Year 2019!
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
LETTER OF INVITATION
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
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.
Chairman of the Board
For more information regarding the logistics of this annual meeting, please contact:
- Thach Chune – 408-613-6196
- Thach Toan – 408 – 314 – 6929
- Son Yoeng Ratana – 408 – 550-5060
There are two international airports to arrive at San Jose, California, U.S.A:
- 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.
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
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.
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
Friends and supporters of Khmer-Krom and religious freedom, help us raise light to the issues of Venerable Thach Thoul, Venerable Nieu Ly and their jailed supporters. Sign the petition for the European Parliament intervention on their behalf.
To Whom It May Concern,
On behalf of the Khmer-Krom families in Soc Trang Province, we would like to urgently appeal and notify you of the unfair trials of two Khmer-Krom monks and six followers who face 10 months to 6 years for exercising their freedom of speech, opinion and association.
On the 25th of September, 2013 in Prey Chop Commune, Lai Hoa Village, Vinh Chau District, Soc Trang Province, four Khmer-Krom people were sentenced for up to a year for creating “Public Disorder”.
- Lam Thi Loan – Born 1957 – 1 year prison.
- Ly Thi Danh – Born 1970 – 1 year prison.
- Ly Minh Hai – Born 1978 – 11 months prison.
- Tang Phola – Born 1976 – 10 months prison Continue reading “Press Release: KKF Calls On International Pressure To End Religious Persecutions and Also The Unconditional Release of Human Rights Defenders”