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Press Conference on Torture in Vietnam: Congress Smith's Excerpt


Vietnam: Tortue and Abuse of Political and Religious Prisoners, "Campaign to Abolish Torture in Vietnam, January 2014." -- Excerpt From Congressman Chris Smith's Report



The Vietnamese government continues to be an egregious violator of a broad array of human rights and is estimated to hold about 600 prisoners of conscience, including prominent faith leaders such as Father Ly and the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do. One of the points that is repeatedly raised in the hearings that I have held on human rights in Vietnam is that the authorities routinely torture people who are arrested for peacefully exercising their rights. The people of courage who should be celebrated for trying to help their country are instead imprisoned and further victimized by being tortured.


Read more: Press Conference on Torture in Vietnam: Congress Smith's Excerpt

KKF Secretary General Rebuttal To Vietnam's Article, "Human Rights for development of ethnic minorities"

Rebuttal to the Article "Human rights for the development of the ethnic minorities"

By Hua Son

KKF Secretary General


First and foremost, the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF) is a legitimate not-for-profit and the non-governmental organization (NGO).  It is the nonviolent civil rights movement which inspires and trains emerging Khmer-Krom leaders.  We base our strengths upon the legacy of Khmer-Krom heroes, and the legacy of respected world leaders.  The KKF provides the forum and the platform for the Khmer-Krom Youth the skills and the opportunities to speak up, to champion and to win positive changes for their communities.  


We are not a “force” hostile to the Government of Vietnam (GVN).  The KKF helps to raise awareness of and to speak up for what the voiceless Khmer-Krom people want and hopefully to work with the GVN to stop and eliminate the human rights violations. The GVN should promulgate and recognize the Khmer-Krom people as the Indigenous Peoples and respect their human rights.  


The mission of KKF is, through the use of peaceful measures and international laws, to seek freedom, justice, and the right to self-determination as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNUDHR) and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) for the Indigenous Khmer-Krom Peoples in Kampuchea-Krom (Mekong Delta region).  The Khmer-Krom people are entitled to the equal protections under these international laws.  The Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation also seeks to improve the quality of life for Khmer-Krom people and their families.


The article under the title “Nhân quyền vì sự phát triển của các dân tộc thiểu số“ published by the Nhan Dan on 12/12/2013 with respect to the Khmer-Krom was distorted and misinformed in several respects:


  1. The Khmer-Krom people are not ethnic minorities as classified by the Government of Vietnam.  They are the Indigenous Peoples as defined and recognized by the United Nations.

  2. The Khmer-Krom people and their descendants have been living, nurturing and cultivating on their ancestral land of Kampuchea-Krom since the first century.  Their cultural identity, socio economic well beings and language are established long before the arrival of ethnic settlers, are separate and distinct from all other ethnic minority groups.  The practice of colonialism and neo-colonialism is alive and continues to exist.  This practice can only strengthen and prove that the people of Khmer-Krom are the Indigenous Peoples.    

  3. Contrary to the published policies and announcements, the GVN continues discriminations, intimidations, arbitrary arrests, imprisonments and harassments against the Khmer-Krom people and Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks.


While the GVN claims and promotes the “pilot” bilingual education, and the cultural shows, the educational and cultural contents often distorts the true historical facts of the Khmer-Krom people.

We respectfully request that the Government of Vietnam:

  • Immediately and unconditionally releases Venerable Lieu Ny, and Venerable Thach Thuol

  • Immediately and unconditionally releases Mr. Thach Phum Rich, and Mr. Tra Quang Tha.

  • Immediately and unconditionally releases Mrs. Ly thi Danh, Mrs. Lam thi Loan, Mr. Ly Minh Hai, and Mr. Tang Phola.

  • Allow the Khmer-Krom Theravada Buddhist Monks to freely organize as an independent religious association and to freely conduct religious activities in general.

Happy New Year Message from KKF President

Happy New Year Message from KKF President



ThachNThachFirst and foremost, on behalf of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF), I would like to wish you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year 2014.


2013 was such the best year for KKF. I would like to thank to KKF’s members and supporters around the world who worked tirelessly to make KKF’s 2013 plan successful. Regardless of difficulties that we faced in 2013, we were still being able to participate in meetings and conferences to bring the Khmer-Krom human rights violations to: Asian Forum, UNPFII, EMRIP, Pre-URP review, EU Parliament, US Department of State on International Religious Freedom, etc. The KKF’s members and supporters organized peaceful protests around the world to demand releasing our Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks who were arrested, defrocked, and imprisoned without fair trials.


 The KKF’s works has had significant positive impact on demanding for the fundamental rights of our beloved Khmer-Krom. The Khmer-Krom flag has been continuously raised higher around the world to represent for the voiceless Khmer-Krom seeking for the right to self-determination.


We will continue our work and no one could stop us from helping our people. Our KKF members from around the world came to Orlando, Florida for KKF Year-end Meeting from 13-15, December 2013. The meeting was successfully concluded with the following resolutions for the KKF’s works in 2014:





  • Strengthen Interrelationships among the KKF and other international NGOs including Indigenous NGOs;

  • Hold conferences in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand;

  • Accelerate the Self-Determination Goal through UN Human Rights Charter & Treaty Bodies and UN Indigenous mechanisms;

  • Work Smartly and Strategically with the international agencies of the United Nations, the European Union and ASEAN; and

  • Do advocacy work at national parliamentary assembly with elected representatives in own country.  




  • Build and Maintain the KKF’s Facebook pages by the KKF Youth Committee for informational and educational purposes;

  • Implement succession planning to the top leaders of the KKF, restructuring and adding additional responsibilities to current members with focus on the Khmer-Krom Youths;

  • Update Books’ Projects;

  • Build and Maintain the “Who is Who Khmer-Krom” Project.




  • Visit three countries: Kampuchea-Krom – Cambodia – Thailand;

  • United Flower Festival to finish building in Wat Samaki Rangsei in Phnom Penh; and

  • Meet with Khmer-Krom Communities and Khmer-Krom’s Local Leaders in Cambodia.



May the New Year bring to our beloved Khmer-Krom in our homeland FREEDOM – JUSTICE – DEMOCRACY.






Read more: Happy New Year Message from KKF President

KKF Petitions European Parliament for Intervention

LE VIETNAM DOIT LIBERER LES PRISONNIERS DE CONSCIENCE KHMER KROM 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.

KKF Calls For Unconditional Release of Khmer-Krom Victims

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