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.
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.
Published by Cambodia Daily
A local minority-rights advocacy group has called on the government to end the mistreatment of Khmer Krom people and recognize their rights as citizens of Cambodia as the world marks International Human Rights Day on Tuesday.
The Khmer Krom, or “lower Khmer,” refers to ethnic Khmer people living in the Mekong Delta region of what is now southern Vietnam.