Human Rights

Khmer Krom: USCIRF Report Documents that Religious Violations Persist in Vietnam

Khmer Krom: USCIRF Report Documents that Religious Violations Persist in Vietnam

In light of developments over the past year, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has delivered a report regarding the current state of religious freedom in Vietnam, and it shows little amelioration. Under the guise of nationalism, Vietnam recently imposed severe restrictions on religious activity, evidencing a clear violation of international standards for religious freedom. While USCIRF […]

A family of a former Buddhist monk who faced political persecution at home is now in limbo for at least 120 days as the new administration reviews the U.S. refugee policy.

Khmer Krom: Refugee Family Left Stranded in Bangkok by US Administration’s Executive Order on Immigration

The decision to stop the resettlement of all refugees for 120 days, including those previously agreed upon with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has hit hard a Khmer Krom family who thought it had reached the end of an arduous escape from religious and political persecution in Vietnam. In 2007, after participating in a protest for religious freedom in his […]

Religious Freedom in Vietnam: Its Importance for Regional and Global Security

Religious Freedom in Vietnam: Its Importance for Regional and Global Security

On September 12, Hudson Institute and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights hosted a conference on religious freedom in South East Asia and U.S. policy in the next administration. Speakers included Elliott Abrams, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights; Kristina Arriaga, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Commissioner; Nina Shea, Director of Hudson’s Center for Religious […]

Inside Viet Nam’s secretive and torturous world of ‘prisons within prisons’

Inside Viet Nam’s secretive and torturous world of ‘prisons within prisons’

Life in prison is hard. I fell into despair. I was in this situation because I was trying to be a good citizen, to help people according to the law…But I was arrested and put in prison. I felt like I was in a dark tunnel with no way out Pham Thi Loc, one of several former prisoners of conscience […]

Rights groups push for Khmer Krom ID cards

Rights groups push for Khmer Krom ID cards

Two minority rights organisations have asked the Ministry of Interior to ensure its officials issue national identity cards to Khmer Krom, who they say are facing discrimination from provincial officials. Indigenous Khmer from southern Vietnam, the Krom have long had issues getting identity cards given that authorities either identify them as Vietnamese or they lack permanent addresses in Cambodia. The […]

Wanted Monk Says Sweden Granted Him Asylum

Wanted Monk Says Sweden Granted Him Asylum

Soeung Hai, a dissident former monk wanted for arrest by the government, said on Tuesday that he had been living in Sweden since February after the U.N.’s refugee agency helped him secure political asylum there. Yet the Swedish Embassy in Phnom Penh said it was not aware Mr. Hai was in Sweden, and a spokeswoman for the U.N.’s High Commissioner […]

Report From Vietnam: The Struggle Between Government And Religion

Report From Vietnam: The Struggle Between Government And Religion

 By: Thomas J. Reese, Mary Ann Glendon Religion in Vietnam today looks markedly different than it did 40 years ago. This is the message we repeatedly heard during a recent trip to Vietnam. Vietnamese faithful conveyed, on the one hand, how religious freedom has expanded in the last four decades. On the other, they believe many government officials still misunderstand religion […]

Khmer Krom Unlikely To Benefit in Asean Integration, Advocate Says

Khmer Krom Unlikely To Benefit in Asean Integration, Advocate Says

WASHINGTON—The Khmer Kampuchea Krom ethnic minority, which lives in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, is unlikely to benefit from the wider integration of Asean, a representative of the group says. Chau Serey, vice president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Federation, told “Hello VOA” Thursday that most Khmer Krom are poor farmers with few skills and few prospects. They will […]

High Rate of Khmer Rouge Sexual Violence Among Ethnic Minorities

High Rate of Khmer Rouge Sexual Violence Among Ethnic Minorities

PHNOM PENH— Ethnic minorities experienced a high rate of sexual assault during the Khmer Rouge period, a new survey indicates. The survey, conducted by the Cambodian Defenders Project, found that some 60 percent of 105 surveyed respondents experienced some form of sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge. More than three quarters had witnessed a form of sexual violence, most often […]

Khmer-Krom community united in global protest: Demands end to persecution of religious leaders and Buddhist monks.

Khmer-Krom community united in global protest: Demands end to persecution of religious leaders and Buddhist monks.

An organized global action is under way today as the Khmer-Krom community and their supporters have gathered in front of Vietnamese Embassies around the world to protest against a downward spiraling trend of human rights conditions and abuses against their indigenous culture in South Vietnam. Events precipitating to this on scale global protest arises first from the arrest of a Khmer-Krom […]