Vietnam: Tight Control of Critics, Democracy Advocates in 2014 No Light at the End of the Tunnel for Activists
(New York, January 29, 2015) – The human rights situation in Vietnam in 2014 continued to be characterized by one-party rule, politically motivated convictions, lack of labor rights, widespread police abuse, and an escalating land crisis, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The Vietnamese government kept tight control over freedom of expression and association as bloggers, human rights defenders, labor and land rights activists, and religious and democracy advocates continued to face harassment, intimidation, physical assault, and imprisonment.
--News source: HRW @http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2015/country-chapters/vietnam
Last month as I had casual conversations with a few villagers from Serei Oudum Village, Tual Ta Mok (Binh Phuoc) province, Kampuchea-Krom. I came to learn about a recent heartbroken story of a Khmer-Krom man being sent to prison because he did not understand the Vietnamese law. As the incident is conveyed to me, I shared them below and hope that your awareness could help bringing justice for voiceless Khmer-Krom people like him in Kampuchea-Krom.
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concludes consideration of report of Viet Nam
11 November 2014
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today concluded its consideration of the combined fourth to sixth periodic report of Viet Nam on how that country implements the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
According to Radio Free Asia broadcasted in Vietnamese on November 6, 2014, the Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks filed an appeal to UNHCR in Cambodia and the Foreign Affair of the Cambodian government on November 3, 2014, urging for help to ask the Vietnamese government to return their confiscated personal property.
The doCip (INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CENTRE FOR DOCUMENTATION, RESEARCH AND INFORMATION) published its May/July 2014 Updates that included all summaries of the recommendations forwarded by the 6th working EMRIP session.
KKF in conjunction with other indigenous people made important recommendation to the 6th session, in particular the recommendation for the EMRIP to continue emphasize the right of IP to participate in decision-making, for the respect of spiritual rights of IPs.
Autonomy of religious communities, a crucial test for the development of religious freedom in Viet Nam - says UN Special Rapporteur
HANOI (31 July 2014) – Religious communities in Viet Nam should be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, said today at the end of an official visit* to the country.
On Sunday April 6th 2014, members of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF) participated in the Annual Khmer New Year Celebration in Long Beach, California, USA.
Cladded in the colors of Khmer-Krom flag of red, blue and yellow, the procession was led by a group of Cha Yum performers dancing to the rhythm of the drums.
KKF Secretary General Rebuttal To Vietnam's Article, "Human Rights for development of 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.