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.
On 9 March 2012, the draft resolution entitled: "Indigenous Women: key actors in poverty and hunger eradication" (E/CN.6/2012/L.6) was adopted at the Commission on the Status of Women at its Fifty-sixth Session.
To view the resolution, click on this link:
Khmer Krom and Buddhist monks gathered yesterday in the capital for a ceremony to mourn the five-year anniversary of the venerable Eang Sok Thoeun’s death, who was found with his throat slit in February 2007.
Khmer Krom and Buddhist monks gather yesterday at the grave of the venerable Eang Sok Thoeun.
The body of Eang Sok Thoeun, a Khmer Krom monk, was found at the Tronum Chhroeung pagoda in Kandal the morning after he protested with some 300 other monks at the Vietnam Embassy in Phnom Penh, demanding improved treatment for ethnic Khmers in southern Vietnam.
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) considered the Vietnam’s report regarding to the elimination of racial discrimination in Vietnam from 20-22 February 2012 in Geneva.
Vietnam submitted a 30 pages report trying to impress how good Vietnam has implemented the elimination of racial discrimination in Vietnam. Vietnam keeps singing the same old song that Vietnam has always promoted and protected the basic rights of the so called “minority people” in Vietnam. Thus, according to Vietnam’s report, there is no racial discrimination in Vietnam.
To unveil the truth, KKF submitted a 10 pages shadow report to the CERD.
On February 2, 2012, the National Endowment for Democracy hosted an event to meet three leading activists from Burma after Burma has opened up its doors for political reform. The key speakers are:
Zaganar, comedian, founder of Thee Lay Lee and the Multi-Colour Troupe and former political prisoner.
Khin Than Myint, leading advocate for women's rights and member of the National League for Democracy.
Bauk Gyar, Kachin activist and member of the National Democratic Force political party.
On November 1, 2011, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) released a Press Release to call on Vietnam to demonstrate its commitment to the global fight against impunity by joining the International Criminal Court (ICC). Click here to view Press Release.
The Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street are localized protests that still made a tremendous impact in the world this year. They were organized in response to place-specific issues, but their appeal and influence were immediately global. Through their marching calls of democratic reforms and economic equality, the protests inspired multitudes of activists in many countries to ignite their own brand of revolution. In Southeast Asia, there were several protest movements this year that echoed the radical politics of Arab Spring and Occupy.
From December 2-4, 2011, Vietnam organized the Fifth Festival Culture, Sport and Tourist of the Khmer in South Vietnam to lure the tourists. This festival is organized every three years. The fifth festival is organized in Krabao (Tinh Bien) district, Mouth Chrouk (An Giang) province.
In three days festival, it covered many activities, such as: Boat Racing, Ox racing, exhibition, cultural shows, Khmer music shows, etc. There were twelve Khmer-Krom delegations from difference provinces attending this event. This year, there was a Khmer-Krom delegation from Toul Ta Mouk (Binh Phuoc) province which is not from the Mekong Delta region. There are very few Khmer-Krom still living in Toul Ta Mouk province because it locates near the border of Kampuchea-Krom and the Champa Kingdom (currently a central part of Vietnam).
Brief history of the Thanksgiving Day in America
In September 1620, there were 102 passengers on a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, to seek for a new home in the New World, so they could freely practice their faith and own a prosperity lands. After a long trip on the sea, faced a brutal winter, and suffered from outbreaks of the contagious disease, only half of the Mayflower’s passengers survived and moved ashore in Massachusetts in March 2011. They were fortunate to be greeted in English by an Abenaki Indian and later introduced to another Native American, Squanto, who could speak English. Squanto taught them how to cultivate corn, catch fish in rivers, extract sap from maple tree, and avoid poisonous plants.
In November 1621, the Pilgrims successfully harvested their first corn. They organized a celebratory feast and invited the Native American to celebrate the American’s “first Thanksgiving” to the Native American. In December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November of each year.