Human Rights

The Khmer Kampuchea association says Khmer Krom are often denied ID cards. KT/Mai Vireak

Khmer Krom plan human rights rally

The Khmer Kampuchea Krom for Human Rights and Development Association has announced plans to hold a rally in Siem Reap province to celebrate Human Rights Day next month. A letter issued by the association over the weekend said the organisation wanted to raise awareness of the issues facing Khmer Krom people on December 10. The letter said Khmer Krom people […]

KKF reports about Khmer Krom issues to Australian Government

KKF reports about Khmer Krom issues to Australian Government

From May 20 to May 30, 2017, the KKF delegation from the United States, led by Mr. Moni Mau, KKF Vice-President, Venerable Ratana Yeong, Director of Information, Dr. Joshua Cooper, and KKF Senior Advisor went visit the KKF chapters in Australia to update the members about KKF’s activities and goals. Importantly, on May 26, the delegation from the US and […]

NGOs demand ID cards for Kampuchea Krom

NGOs demand ID cards for Kampuchea Krom

Three local NGOs are to request a meeting with the Interior Minister to discuss the granting of ID cards to Kampuchea Krom people living in Cambodia. Son Chum Chuon, senior programme director at the Khmer Kampuchea Krom for Human Rights and Development Association, said his organisation would send a letter next month to ask for a meeting with Minister Sar […]

Video: Cambodian Buddhist Monks find religious sanctuary in Philadelphia

Video: Cambodian Buddhist Monks find religious sanctuary in Philadelphia

Danh Tol is a Cambodian Buddhist monk from Vietnam living and practicing out of the Soryarangsky (“rising sun”) Buddhist temple in the Olney section of Philadelphia. He practices Theravada Buddhism, the most popular religion in Cambodia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, and has been a monk since 1996. Theravada Buddhism in its present state could not exist without the relationship between […]

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 […]