Thursday, 02 October 2014

Southeast Asia

Khmer Krom Group Seeks Better Means of Rights Advocacy in Vietnam

About 200 participants attended from Cambodia, Canada, France, Europe, the US and other Asian nations, says Thach Ngoc Thach.

Thach Ngoc Thach, far left, heads an advocacy group for the Khmer minority in Vietnam, known commonly as the Khmer Kampuchea Krom.Thach Ngoc Thach, far left, heads an advocacy group for the Khmer minority in Vietnam, known commonly as the Khmer Kampuchea Krom.
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Thach Ngoc Thach, far left, heads an advocacy group for the Khmer minority in Vietnam, known commonly as the Khmer Kampuchea Krom.
Thach Ngoc Thach, far left, heads an advocacy group for the Khmer minority in Vietnam, known commonly as the Khmer Kampuchea Krom.
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WASHINGTON DC - Members of the Khmer Krom Federation have concluded an annual convention, vowing to work harder on rights issues faced by Khmer minorities in Vietnam.

Thach Ngoc Thach, president of the group, said they discussed non-violent means of protest to avoid accusations by Vietnamese authorities. They also discussed how to “allow the world to see that KKF is a fair organization and seeking means for which the Khmer Krom people in Vietnam are free of human rights abuses,” he said.

About 200 participants attended from Cambodia, Canada, France, Europe, the US and other Asian nations, he said. The purpose of the group is to stop rights abuses and discrimination of Khmers in Vietnam, he said.

The organization also restructured its leadership, changing many of its 11 steering committee members, he said.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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