17 May 2010
By Charlie Lancaster of South East Asia Globe
Born in 1968, Tim Sakhorn is perhaps the most famous Khmer Krom activist alive today. He was granted political asylum in Sweden in July 2009.
How does it feel to be reordained? Do you wish you were re-ordained in Cambodia?
On May 25, 2010, the Vietnamese authority summoned the Abbots of all Khmer-Krom temples in Krabao (Tinh Bien) and Swaiton (Tri Ton) districts, Moth Chrouk (An Giang) province for a meeting. At the meeting, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk who represented for the Vietnamese authority ordered the Abbot of each Khmer-Krom temple in Krabao district to “donate” 300,000 Đồng. They claimed that the money would be used to celebrate the Vesak Day at a Vietnamese temple.
The Khmer-Krom people have their own way to celebrate the Vesak Day in their temple, but the Vietnamese authority forces the Khmer-Krom to “donate” 300,000 Đồng. Some Khmer-Krom temples don’t even have that much money, so the Abbot has to loan money from whoever they can ask for help. The Vietnamese government only allowed for one day finding the money and brings the money to give to them.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 15:02 John D Ciorciari
As KR leaders face their fate at the ECCC, the court should not forget other victims
Photo by: Sovan Philong
A police officer looks over documents from one of several Khmer Krom evicted from Thailand earlier this year and seeking asylum in Cambodia. The ECCC in January ruled that the tribunal’s four Case OO2 suspects would not face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for crimes committed against Khmer Krom.
Mrs. Thi Thach stands next to Tim Sakhorn and KKFYC members at the 9th Session of UNPFII
By Mrs. Thi Thach
I am glad to meet you all during the 9th Session of the United Nation Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at New York.
Before everyone keep telling me how special at the UN Permanent Forum was, and well there is no word for it. This year was the first time that I got the opportunity to meet all the KKF Youths and everyone at the Forum. Being there in the mid of reliving history made my heart sing. It was such an amazing experience for me to represent Khmer Krom among 193 countries from around the world.
Wednesday, 26 May 201
Report by John D Ciorciari of the Phnom Penh Post
After more than 30 years of impunity, some key architects of the Khmer Rouge reign of terror are finally being held accountable at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The upcoming joint trial of Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirth and Khieu Samphan holds promise for survivors who have waited too long for justice.
Sok Khemara, VOA Khmer
Activists for the Khmer Kampuchea Krom have been asking for more help from US officials in what they say are rights abuses in Vietnam, but in a statement to VOA Khmer this week, the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington said their efforts amounted to “sabotage.”
Report by VOA
Advocates for ethnic Khmers from Vietnam met with US State Department officials this week in an effort to improve human rights and religious freedoms there. The delegation included three Khmer monks who had spent about one year in jail each in Vietnam, in what they say is religious persecution.