Political & Economic Situation in Southeast Asia: the Case of the Khmer-Krom People

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International Conference

Political & Economic Situation in Southeast Asia: the Case of the Indigenous Khmer-Krom People

The Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF) together with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) organise a one-day international conference entitled “Political & Economic Situation in Southeast Asia: the Case of the Indigenous Khmer-Krom People” in Paris on 2 June 2018 from 9am to 5pm to raise awareness of the situation of the the Khmer-Krom. The conference will be hosted by French Senator André Gattolin and will take place in Palais du Luxembourg, 15ter rue Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France.

Nowadays, the indigenous Khmer-Krom communities suffer under the lack of a fair and uncorrupted judiciary system to deal with land claims but also under the excessive use of force by the authorities particularly towards Theravada Buddhist monks, the poor implementation of their rights to freedom of religion, expression and self-determination, as well as tactics of coercion based on intimidation, imprisonment without a fair trial and torture. Although the Vietnamese government has incorporated key human rights standards in the national Constitution and ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the implementation of these human rights is severely lacking.

The conference will gather members of the Khmer community, scholars, elected officials and members of the civil society. While the morning session will feature panels focusing on contemporary human rights abuses in the Mekong Delta, Kampuchea-Krom, the afternoon session will focus on the international human rights system meant to protect and promote the fundamental rights for the Khmer-Krom. The event will be held in English.

Contact:  f.delemer@unpo.org,  info@khmerkrom.org.

Registration: Send your full name and ID number at:  a.gattolin@senat.fr

For detailed information, please visit: http://unpo.org/article/20747

2018 New Year Message From KKF Executive President

2018 Happy New Year Message from KKF Executive President

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dear KKF Members, Supporters, and Friends:

With the holidays upon us and the 2018 fast approaching, on behalf of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF), I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and wishing the New Year brings tremendous joy and good luck for you that take you to newer heights of success.

Now that we are a few days into the New Year, it’s good to look ahead and think about what this year may bring us. But, we need to reflect what we had done in 2017. First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to our KKF members who have worked tirelessly around the world to ensure that the fundamental rights of our voiceless Khmer-Krom in Kampuchea-Krom are protected and promoted as enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP).

2017 was quite a year for all of us at KKF. Regardless of the obstacles that KKF faced, the KKF leadership team had managed to conduct activities successfully around the world. Below are links to the summary of KKF activities in 2017:

Even KKF had achieved a successful mission in 2017, but the New Year comes with greater challenges and obstacles. It is important for us to use our time wisely and move forward as decisively and swiftly as we can in 2018. That will only be possible with your continued support, dedication, and teamwork. We will continue operating KKF as a team under the leadership of the members of the KKF Board of Directors and most importantly to ensure that no one is above the law. 

Every New Year gives us the perfect chance to start something new and fresh. Working as a team in the KKF family, we will continue to work hard together to ensure our people back home could enjoy the freedom as we are living abroad. Happy New Year 2018!

 

Sincerely Yours,

 

Sereivuth Prak

Executive President

 

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Happy New Year 2017 by KKF Chairman

  During this holiday season and with the New Year fast approaching, on behalf of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF), I would like to wish you and your family a joyous holiday season  and a new year filled with health, happiness and prosperity. One that is filled with hope for a world to  be truly at peace.

  The best part of the holiday season is remembering those who make the holidays meaningful. We  would like to say a special thank you to our KKF members who have worked tirelessly around the  clock and the world to ensure that the Khmer-Krom voice is heard. From San Francisco, New York,  Washington DC (United States), Toronto, Montreal (Canada), Paris, Lyon, Toulouse (France), The  Hague (Netherland), Geneva (Switzerland), Brussels (Belgium) Canberra (Australia), Bangkok  (Thailand) to Dili (Timor Leste), Gyeongju (Republic of Korea), our voice for the voiceless Khmer-Krom in Kampuchea-Krom was loud and clear.

  In May 2016, the members of KKF around the world came to San Jose, California, to elect the Board  of Directors (BoD) for the 2016-2020 term. The Code of Conduct was signed by the newly elected BoD, thereby upholding their professional commitment to serve the interest of KKF, first and foremost.

As we close the final chapter on 2016, this upcoming new year will kick start with a celebration of our collective work for the last twenty years. From January 13-15th, the KKF BoD and supporters will meet at the heart of Las Vegas to plan for 2017. The BoD members will summarize the activities of 2016, answer all the questions from the members and present the plan for 2017. I look forward to meeting our KKF members at this important event.

Let’s working hard together to “Make KKF Great Again”. Let’s start making the “New Year 2017 legendary!”

Sincerely Yours,

Vien Thach
KKF Chairman

KKF youths’ letter to president Obama from UNPFII

During the first week of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation youths drafted a letter to President Obama to highlight Khmer-Krom issues they hope the President could help raise on his visit.

The content of the letter sent to the President, on May 11th, 2016 raised concerns over the issues of:

  • Religious persecution and imprisonment of Buddhist monks. 
  • Independence of the religious institution of Khmer-Krom from State control
  • Preservation of indigenous language through validation and usage in schools
  • Unequal access to higher education and opportunities for indigenous students and,
  • Consistencies of government policies to help Khmer-Krom farmers facing hardship from impact of climate change.

The Khmer-Krom people live in poverty and fear,  the Khmer-Krom youth team hopes that Mr. Obama’s visit to Vietnam can help change how the country treats  Khmer-Krom people so that they could enjoy their basic freedoms enshrined in the International Laws that Vietnam has ratified.

KKF youths sends letter to Obama from UNPFII New York, May 11 2016