The Security Council's latest fumble on Syria might represent the U.N.'s biggest failure of the last month, but it's hardly the only one. So as a reminder of all the little things the U.N. also gets wrong, we present the latest machinations involving a U.N. group ostensibly concerned with human rights.
Vietnam's Communist Party-led government recently blackballed a nongovernmental organization's attempt to secure accreditation to the U.N. The Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation, or KKF, is a small group based in New Jersey that tracks the plight of the Khmer ethnic minority in Vietnam. Mainly that involves compiling and disseminating well-respected reports of rights abuses such as Hanoi's harassment of Khmer Buddhists who refuse to join state-sanctioned religious organizations.
The latest drama played out on the international stage this week, no more shocking then who are the actors involved: Vietnam versus the human rights defender Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF).
Flying just under the international radar for over 20 years, KKF hits the stage and received world wide support from the most powerful countries including United States and the European Union when Vietnam tries to get them kicked out of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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Bangkok-Paris-Geneva, July 24, 2012. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH and OMCT joint programme) and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) condemn the resolution passed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) overturning a previous decision to grant consultative status to the non-governmental human rights organisation Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF).
On Friday, 23 July 2004, The ECOSOC voted on a recommendation triggered by Vietnam to sanction the Transitional Radical Party (TRP) because TRP has Mr. Kok Ksor, President of Montagnards Foundation, Inc. as its member. The recommendation was rejected by a vote of the ECOSOC member states. For detail info about this case, Click here to read the article: VIETNAM'S ATTACK DEFEATED AT ECOSOC
On May 24, 2012, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of State, submitted the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices to the United States Congress.
Below is the Report regarding to the Human Rights Practices in Vietnam:
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is an authoritarian state ruled by a single party, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) led by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and President Truong Tan Sang. The most recent National Assembly elections, held in May, were neither free nor fair, since the CPV’s Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), an umbrella group that monitors the country’s mass organizations, vetted all candidates. Security forces reported to civilian authorities.
The most significant human rights problems in the country were severe government restrictions on citizens’ political rights, particularly their right to change their government; increased measures to limit citizens’ civil liberties; and corruption in the judicial system and police.
According to the Voice of Kampuchea-Krom (VOKK) broadcasted on April 19, 2012, around 3:30pm (local time) on April 19, 2012, there were eight Vietnam Mobs carried weapons to the Khmer-Krom Temple, Wat Ro, at Vinh Thuong commune, An Cu village, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province to attack the Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks. The Buddhist monks had to run to seek the Khmer-Krom villagers for help.
Most of the Indigenous Khmer-Krom Peoples are Buddhist and really respect the Buddhist monks. When they saw the Buddhist monks running to their village asking for help, all the Khmer-Krom men, women, and youths, came out to help saving the Buddhist monks from the attack. A Buddhist monk and a sixteen year old Khmer-Krom girl were injured from the attack.
Members of the Khmer minority in Vietnam recently met with State Department officials and are now looking for ways to unite with other minorities like the Hmong and Montagnards to protect themselves from persecution, a leading advocate says.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) just released the 2012 Annual Report. In this report, there is a section dedicates about the “Khmer Buddhism” and mentioned that "The situation of the ethnic Khmer Buddhists has been an underreported problem in the State Department‘s Religious Freedom report."
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new mechanism of the United Nations to review all States in the world regarding to their fulfillment of human rights obligations every four years.
Vietnam had been reviewed by the Human Rights Council’s UPR Working Group in 2009. During this review, there were 172 recommendations to Vietnam.
The UPR Info organization (upr-info.org) just released the Mid-Term Implementation Assessment (MIA) on Vietnam. According to this MIA, after two years, 82% of the recommendations have not been implemented which makes Vietnam to be the worst record for a MIA.