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Happy New Year Wishes from KKF's President

Friday, December 31, 2010 Decision Time and Challenge of Confidence The year 2010 is ending tonight and tomorrow we are going to face another day and a new year. The turning of the New Year and new decade sheds light and promises new hopes for future. I would like to use this opportunity to wish all our compatriots Luck, Happiness, Good health and a Prosperous New Year. This coming decade will be challenging for our people inland to determine their future. It is time to enter history and re-examine our past so that we may become more true to ourselves and our identity. It is time to study our present environment and examine our interests and objectives. We shall act as indomitably and resolutely as other peoples. KKF has worked and travelled endless hours to appeal and guide our people through the International law, Human Rights, peace and non-violent action. And today, people have come to understand, appreciate and agree with KKF’s non violent approach. One of the basic duties of the KKF is to ensure the safety of our peoples, to protect their rights and the five basic fundamental freedoms which include freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for environment and freedom from fear. As a people, we have demonstrated considerable resilience, fortitude and patience during the past year. The Khmer-Krom people are a relatively peaceful people. People enjoy having a greater sense of security and freedom. Freedom to express themselves, to participate, to pursue their goals and dreams, to enjoy their rights and freedoms and to do this within Kampuchea Krom. KKF has demonstrated vision, leadership and commitment to meet all of our targets. Now, the major task is for us to improve our levels of productivity, our innovativeness, our creativity and our resolve to build a better movement. As we look forward a New Year and a beginning, we are resolved and determined to stand above oppression that continues to overshadow our people. We appeal to the more responsible parts in each of us that will required if we are to face the immense obstacles that presently confront us. On December 10, 11, 12, 2010, we created an outline our plans so our people can continue to support KKF’s optimism for a better year. We sincerely believe that the plans will succeed if we continue to work together as one. This is absolutely essential if we are to achieve the targets that we set ourselves and for our homeland. The journey will not be easy but together we will surmount any challenges that we arises from this day forth. At this present, we require a disciplined resolve to taking the right action to build a sustainable movement. Most importantly, we must continue to pursue non violent practices. We must continue to look inward to find and gather our strengths, our capabilities and our resources to become more self sufficient and productive. We must collectively put our shoulders to the main task of building our future. It is important that every one of us at every level whether we are within the borders of our homeland, Cambodia or abroad know where we stand on these important issues – We need to know. In this coming New Year and new decade, we ask you to tell us your thoughts, your opinions, and your feelings on the issues that matter the most to you and our people My wish for the New Year and new decade is we will stand together, we agree to work together, we focus together, we write together, we decide together and we move forward together for a better Kampuchea Krom. Yours sincerely, Thach Ngoc Thach KKF President

KKF Open letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

October 24, 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street N.W. Washington, DC 20520 Subject: Vietnam’s Human Rights Violations and Religious Persecutions Against Khmer-Krom People Dear Secretary Clinton: During your upcoming meetings with the governments in Hanoi and in Phnom Penh, I would like to bring these two following issues to your attention: (1) The Human Rights Violations and Religious Persecutions Against the Indigenous Khmer-Krom Peoples in the Mekong Delta of Southern Vietnam and (2) the Khmer-Krom Refugees Status in Cambodia and Thailand. Click here to read a complete letter

An Appeal for Justice for the Killing of a Khmer-Krom Youth in Prey Nokor City

To: International Labour Organization (ILO), International Human Rights Organizations, UN Human Rights Council, Democratic Governments, International Media Background A Khmer Krom youth, named Mr. Son Van Thanh, was stabbed numerous times by a Vietnamese assailant with the tailoring knives and scissors. The attack took place in Ho Chi Minh (HCM) city, south Vietnam. From the vicious attack, Mr. Son Van Thanh’s body was having the major internal and external bleeding and the attacked scissors were still stuck in the wounds. Some of his friends rushed Mr. Son to a hospital in the HCM city, but he was refused emergency treatments due to his lack of money. After 4-hours of waiting at the hospital and when his relatives found some fund, Mr. Son finally received a surgery to remove the scissors from his body and to treat the open wounds. After the surgery, Mr. Son was later transferred to another hospital in the city named the 115 Hospital. The 115 Hospital assured that his health condition was normal and Mr. Son was discharged to come home. Mr. Son Van Thanh was later died after the discharge. Mr. Son Van Thanh died alone in HCM city at 2:15pm on September 18, 2010. Mr. Son Van Thanh, a male and age 17, who resided in Bich Tri (Bach Trey in Khmer) hamlet, Hoa Thuan commune, Chau Thanh district, Tra Vinh province. Mr. Son Van Thanh recently went to work for a construction company in HCM city in order to support his disabled father. Mr. Son Van Thanh was the only child of the family. The Motives of the Death Based on the information received from the victim family, the incidence took place on several alleged reasons: • Mr. Son Van Thanh went to buy a meal at a market in HCM city and was insulted by the Vietnamese assailant. The two got into an altercation and the assailant attacked the victim with scissors and tailoring knives. • Mr. Son Van Thanh was poor and alone in the city; hence the hospital refused his emergency treatments. • Mr. Son Van Thanh is a Khmer Krom individual hence both hospitals he visited discriminated him based on his race and they treated his medical needs on a non-emergency basis. The delay and lack of treatments caused the loss of Mr. Son Van Thanh’s life. No Justice for the Khmer Krom Victim So far the cost of the hospital expenses and the transport of the victim’s body from the HCM city to his hometown in Tra Vinh province was 20 million dongs while the assailant’s compensation which only offered 10 million dongs. The victim family is still in debt of all other costs to this point. In term of justice, the Vietnamese authorities have taken very little or no legal action against the Vietnamese assailant. The un-important treatments by the Vietnamese authorities toward the Khmer Krom cases such as this fundamentally encourage the Vietnamese society as a whole to discriminate against Khmer Krom victims even more so. On behalf of the Khmer-Krom victim and their voiceless family in Tra Vinh province, we would like to urgently appeal for your assistance to: • Urge Vietnamese authorities to immediately investigate, apprehend and punish the perpetrator who was involved in the attack as part of their commitment to just society and to combat racial discrimination. • Urge that the government of Vietnam to generously compensate for the loss and the pains suffered by the victim and their family. • Urge that the government of Vietnam to train the hospitals or medical centers on race relations when it comes to dealing with the non-Kinh patients. • Urge Vietnam to set up social programs/agencies in urban centers to assist Khmer-Krom migrant workers in time of needs. Respectfully Yours, Thach Ngoc Thach KKF President

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