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Travesty of Justice: Local Khmer-Krom Wrongly Imprisoned

Saigon (Prey Nokor) City, Mekong Delta
February 14, 2011

A local Khmer-Krom, named Mr. Lam Huol has been wrongly jailed at the “Ba` Lai” prison in Saigon City (renamed Ho Chi Minh City), due to the corruption scheme inside the police force.

Mr. Lam Huol was born in Gia Rai district, Bac Lieu province, the Mekong Delta (south Vietnam). He has moved to Saigon City to find work.

UNPO Celebrates 20 Years of Nonviolent Struggle



UNPO Celebrates 20 Years of Nonviolent Struggle
The Peace Palace in The Hague, seat of the International Court of Justice, plays host to Vice President of Zanzibar and Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Republic of Abkhazia during commemorative activities marking 20th anniversary of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Human Rights Council

25 January 2011
Posted on UN Human Rights

Ban Ki-moon Says Special Procedures Allow Human Rights Council to Shine Light on Abuses Everywhere

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Human Rights Council this afternoon at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, saying that for the Council to fulfil its mandate it had to be seen as impartial and fair and it could not be seen as being ruled by special interests.

Vietnam: Intensifying Repression of Human Rights

Posted by NewAmericaMedia.org Jan 25, 2011.

The Vietnam government intensified its repression of activists and dissidents during 2010, and cracked down harshly on freedom of expression, association, and assembly, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2011.

The 649-page report, Human Rights Watch’s 21st annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarizes major human rights developments in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. In Vietnam, bloggers, human rights defenders, workers rights activists, and democracy and anti-corruption campaigners faced intimidation, arrest, torture, and imprisonment, Human Rights Watch said.

US Protests Police Treatment of Diplomat in Vietnam

Reported by VOA NEWS

The U.S. State Department says it has lodged a strong protest with the Vietnamese government after police in the city of Hue roughed up a U.S. diplomat and slammed a car door on his legs.

A Khmer-Krom Buddhist Monk, Venerable Thach Thuol, Concerns about His Safety

On December 23, 2010, VOKK broadcasted an interview between the VOKK’s reporter and Venerable Thach Thuol who has been summoned many times by the Vietnamese authorities regarding to his connection with Venerable Kim Muol. Venerable Kim Muol used to be imprisoned by the Vietnamese government because of involving with the peaceful demonstration to demand for religious freedom in Kampuchea-Krom. Ven. Kim Muol is currently living in Sweden as a political asylum seeker.

A Khmer-Krom Refugee Disappeared After Returning Home

Breaking News
[Updated: Mr. Chau Hen is now currently imprisoned at Tri Ton's Police prison]

According to a trusted source from Chau Lang village, Triton district, An Giang province, around 1 pm, December 17, 2010, Mr. Chau Hen and His wife went back home after two years seeking for refugee status in Bangkok.

US endorses Indigenous Declaration

December 16, 2010
Published by UNPFII - Headline News

The United States has announced that it endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Harper offers to meet with native leaders

Richard J. Brennan | Ottawa Bureau
Published by thestar.com

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper has offered to sit down with Canada’s native leaders to discuss problems plaguing aboriginal communities across the country.

Harper’s Dec. 8 letter was made public at the end of a three-day Assembly of First Nations conference in Gatineau, Que., which put the spotlight on several issues, including the need for education, health care, housing and potable water.

Human Rights Violations the Rule Not Exception in 2010

Published by VOA
Written by Lisa Schlein | Geneva

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay (file photo)

Human rights violations were the rule rather than the exception in 2010. The United Nations says crimes such as mass rapes, torture, extra-judicial executions, arbitrary detention, disappearances remain widespread throughout the world. Even democratic societies are experiencing an erosion of human rights due to the so-called war on terror and growing xenophobia.

[Thanks to) "Bob Marley for allowing us to use that inspiring music as part of our campaign against discrimination," said Navi Pillay. "It is certainly uplifting."

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