The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community (KKC) has an honor to cordially invite you, the eminent venerable Buddhist monks, compatriots, youth and students, inclusive and non-discrimination to political affiliations and religions, to participate in its convention with the Honorable Thach Setha, KKC Executive Director, Phnom Penh Councilman, and former Senator of Cambodia, in Toronto city, Canada.
KKC Statement on Royal Government of Cambodia did not recognize the Khmers from Kampuchea Krom as Khmer citizens, contrary to the Constitution and Nationality Law
Monday February 22, B.E.2553, A.D.2010 Year of the Ox
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community, KKC, deplores and seriously concerns about the denial of Khmer nationality identification cards to the 22 Khmer people of Kampuchea Krom, who were deported and handed by the Thai authorities to the Cambodian authorities recently.
The denial of Khmer nationality identification cards to the Khmer people by the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia is a severe violation of their rights as inscribed in the Constitution in section 33 and Nationality Law in sections 2, 3, and 4. This act contradicts the legal principle and the proclamation made by the RGC that recognizes the Khmer people of Kampuchea Krom as the legal Khmer citizens [of Cambodia]. This is not the first time that the present Royal Government of Cambodia has shown her negative stance on the Khmer Kampuchea Krom people.
KKC Executive Director
SRP Phnom Penh City Councilman
SRP Senator of Cambodia, 1999-2006
In this case, if the Royal Government of Cambodia recognized the Khmer people of Kampuchea Krom as Khmer citizens as inscribed in the Constitution and Nationality Law as the RGC representative had claimed more than one times in the past, the Royal Government facilitates the nationality paper work for the Khmer people with no condition. Even though the Khmer people in Kampuchea Krom (South Vietnam) living under the power of colonial Vietnam in the past several hundreds of years and Kampuchea Krom had been colonized by France, then transferred this land to the authorities of [another] colonial Vietnam to continue colonizing [the land and the Khmers] until today, the Khmer people living there had not and have not surrendered their Khmer nationality, citizenship and identity in betrayal of their ancestors even once. Even the authorities of Vietnam issue the identification cards to the Khmer people still recognize them as Khmers. All royal Khmer governments, except the authoritarian communist Khmer government, had and continue to facilitate and encourage the Khmer Kampuchea Krom people in all aspects of their need.
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community appeals to the Royal Government of Cambodia to provide the legal nationality paper work to the Khmer people of Kampuchea Krom as inscribed in the Constitution and Nationality Law without condition.
Phnom Penh February 22, 2010
[ Signed ]
KKC Statement to ASEM Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Cease Khmer Krom human rights violations in Vietnam
May 26, BE2553, AD2009
On the occasion of the Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers Meeting in Phnom
Penh on May 27 - 28, 2009, the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community (KKC)
wishes to draw the attention of all the delegations on the issue of the violation of the
Human Rights of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom (Mekong Delta) people.
KKC represents all the oppressed Khmer people living on the Mekong
Delta would like to appeal to all esteem delegates to look into the problem of the
worst violation of human rights of the Vietnamese people especially, the Khmer
Kampuchea Krom people by the current Vietnamese authorities. These abuses have
taken on the people's freedom of religious belief (the Buddhist religion has been
subjected to the tight control of the Vietnamese Communist Party and the Vietnamese
Buddhist Sect), the freedom of assembly (associations) and local organizations, and freedom of expression, the prohibition of the Khmer
Krom people from studying the Khmer literature and language as well as the forced
seizures of the people's land.
KKC sincerely hopes that your esteem delegates will push for the halt of these
violations of human rights of its people and to make sure that the human rights situation in Vietnam improved to the acceptable standard especially, the
respect of the sacred rights of the indigenous people of Khmer Kampuchea Krom by
the Vietnamese authorities.
Former SRP Senate Member of Cambodia
KKC condemnation statement on S.R. Vietnam's government for flip-flopping on travel visas issuance to
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community strongly condemns the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for obstructing Hon. Marco Giacinto Pannella, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Transnational Radical Party, and Hon. Marco Perduca, Member of the Italian Senate from boarding the airplane from the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the morning of December 23, 2008. Both lawmakers have been officially issued entry visas by the Embassy of Vietnam to Rome granting them to visit Vietnam. However, the Vuntau Intourco Hanoi tourist agency notified [the lawmakers] at the time of their boarding the airplane that the Vietnam’s entry visas have been refused. Thus they would not be able to visit Vietnam due to their staunch supports for the ideal struggle of the citizens of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom.
This event occurred following an extraordinary meeting between the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community and their honorables at the Samakkirangsey Buddhist Temple in Phnom Penh [Cambodia] on Sunday December 21, 2008 because the lawmakers vehemently expressed their supports for the peaceful struggle of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom people for human rights and freedom.
The action of the communist Vietnamese authorities clearly shows the public and the international community that the Government of Vietnam is seriously suppressing her own citizens, especially Khmer Kampuchea Krom [indigens] and systematically sweeps their violation underneath the carpet to cover up from the international community. Furthermore, it is a vindictive act toward the European Parliament for adopting an October 22, 2008 resolution to pressure the Government of Vietnam to fully respect the [human] rights of her own citizens in accordance to the international human rights standard.
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community appeals to the international community, especially the European Community, to push the Government of Vietnam to allow Hon. Marco Giacinto Pannella and Hon. Marco Perduca to visit Vietnam in order to conduct field investigation of the situation of human rights.
Phnom Penh, December 23, 2008
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community
The TRP and UNPO organizations announced they will collaborate/assist the Khmer Krom people to organize a large non-violent demonstration in Cambodia and in Kampuchea Krom [Socialist Republic of Vietnam] and hold a human rights seminar in 2009.
On the release of and continued whereabouts unknown of Ven. Indapanna Tim Sakhorn
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
July 4, 2008
Appeal of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community:
1-The Government of Socialist Republic of Vietnam to urgently repatriate Ven. Tim Sakhorn to re-unite with his family in the Kingdom of Cambodia with no restrictions.
2-Domestic and international non-governmental organizations, and foreign embassies, especially the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate, monitor closely and assure the safety of Venerable Tim Sakhorn.
3-The Kingdom of Cambodia’s Royal
Government, National Assembly, and Senate
intervene to secure the safe return of Ven.
Tim Sakhorn to Cambodia as this Buddhist
monk is legally Khmer citizen. In circumstance
that Ven. Tim Sakhorn’s desire to stay as a
Buddhist clergy, [authorities] must re-ordain
him because he had not committed any parajika Buddhist offenses.
According to VN News in Prek Russey (Can Tho)...forced to
defrock missing Ven. Indapanna Tim Sakhorn enters VN illegally.
Please read more Khmer language Press Statement of KKC
Executive Director and SRP FMR. Senator Thach Setha. read more
SRP supports Khmer Krom cause
On 27 July 2007, the Honorable Sam Rainsy, Member of Cambodian National Assembly and president of the whip Sam Rainsy Party, issues a message…respect the Khmer Kampuchea Krom people for their bravery and nationalism and support the Khmer Kampuchea Krom cause in defending, protecting, guarding and preserving, at all cost and on many occasions sacrificing their lives, Kampuchea Krom, Khmer identity, Theravada Buddhism, language, culture, custom, tradition, arts and way of life since the eras of pre-Son Kuy through the present time.
Mr. Sam Rainsy strongly supports the cause of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Buddhist monks and compatriots in their demand for liberty in the Kingdom of Cambodia as well as in Kampuchea Krom for this is the fundamental human right of everyone as stipulated in the United Nations Charter, international treaties and covenants and other international gatherings on human rights.
Mr. Sam Rainsy is on the side of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Buddhist monks and compatriots in defending their freedom and right.
Mr. Sam Rainsy echoes the Khmer Kampuchea Krom's pain, "No loss is greater than the loss of motherland [Kampuchea Krom] and become an ethnic minority on our own land."
Notably, on June 4, 2007, Hon. Sam Rainsy gives speech at the 58th National Mourning Service on Kampuchea Krom Loss and the 1,949 Alms Offering Buddhist Ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which organized and observed annually by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community and Khmer Krom people world-wide to renew their remembrance of the darkest day in Khmer history when colonial France give Kampuchea Krom to colonial Vietnam. download Khmer version
The Most Venerable Dhammathero Sao Khon, president of the MahaGhosananda International Buddhist Peace Foundation, acting president of the International Community of Khmer Buddhist Monks, president of the Khmer Buddhist Monks Community-United States, issues press release by calling on all involved parties:
1-Re-ordain Ven. Indapanna Tim Sakhorn and His Venerable
before a Buddhist council (court) to answer the charge to clear up the air.
2-If Buddhist council (court) found wrong doing of Ven. Indapanna Tim Sakhorn, then His Venerable would have to leave monkhood to face civil court, if applicable, to the law of the land.
3-Annul the June 8 Buddhist Degree of the Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong and concurred by Senior Minister and Minister of Cult and Religion Khun Haing. download Khmer version
2-page clarification of the Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong on the June 30, 2007 action forcibly defrocked Abbot Indapanna Tim Sakhorn
The Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong justifies his and his subordinates’ action to force Abbot Indapanna Tim Sakhorn to leave monkhood by referencing Sections 37 and 43 of the Constitution of Cambodia. download Khmer version
Press Release of Wat Dhamagosnaram in U.S.A.
The President of Wat Dhamagosnaram, Mr. Sarin Rath, issues this press release critical of the perpetrators committed the illegal and unjust act upon His Venerable Indapanna Tim Sakhorn. download Khmer version
Joint Press Release
Joint Press Release of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community-North America and the
Cambodian Society of Rhode Island on the continued missing Ven. Indapanna Tim Sakhorn:
We, the undersigned organizations, strongly condemn the cruel act committed by the highest Buddhist figures in the Kingdom, Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong, Supreme Patriarch Non Nget and the involved party.
On June 30, 2007 Abbot Indapanna Tim Sakhorn, Buddhist monk of Wat Phnom Den North, Ta Lung village, Phnom Den commune, Kirivong district, Takeo province, Kingdom of Cambodia was invited to attend a meeting held at the provincial Buddhist office. His Venerable Indapanna Tim Sakhorn was forcibly defrocked (disrobed) or leave monkhood against his will and the Buddhist teaching. On the same day, he was abducted by a group of people and transported swiftly to Vietnam. read more
The Most Venerable Dhammathero Sao Khon, president of the MahaGhosananda International Buddhist Peace Foundation, acting president of the International Community of Khmer Buddhist Monks, president of the Khmer Buddhist Monks Community, issues public announcement on the
non-violent struggle for peace, liberty, human rights in Cambodia and Kampuchea Krom sought by the Khmer Krom Buddhist monks and people. A regime that rules contrary to the Buddhist principle, liberty, justice, and peace. download Khmer version
Press Release of The Sam Rainsy Party-Norway
On forced to defrock by religious authority on Ven. Indapanna Tim Sakhon
appeals to the government that is also Khmer blood to respect and protect the people and Buddhist monks of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, especially re-ordain Mr. Tim Sakhorn and restore His Venerable as Abbot of his own temple. download Khmer version
Press Release of Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community
The President of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community on behalf of the Coalition of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom NGOs issues a press release on the serious concern on the missing of His Venerable Indapanna Tim Sakhorn. download Khmer version
Joint Statement of 11 Coalition of Khmer Kampuchea Krom NGOs
The Coalition of 11 Khmer Kampuchea Krom non-governmental organizations in the Kingdom of Cambodia issues a strong language Joint Statement on the missing forcibly defrocked His Venerable Indapanna Tim Sakhorn to the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch and involved parties. download Khmer version