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Human Rights Day - 10 December 2012

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Every year, Human Rights Day on December 10, people around the world commemorate the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. The Human Rights Day is also organized to recognize the work of human rights defenders who work tirelessly and bravely to defend for the fundamental rights as enshrined in the UDHR.

This year’s theme for Human Rights Day that was set by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is “Inclusion and the right to participate in public life.”
As of today, “the right to participate in public life” is still very limited in many countries around the world, especially in Vietnam where the country is still governed by one party, a Vietnamese Communist Party. The people in Vietnam, especially the Indigenous Khmer-Krom Peoples, do not have the right to freedom of expression and opinion, the right to freedom of assembly and association, and the right to freely take part or vote for their representatives in government.

In recent years, to polish its regime for covering up its human rights violation records, the Vietnamese government even established the Master’s degree in Human Rights at the Vietnam National University. Vietnam tries to show off that its country respects Human Rights. In reality, when the human rights defenders bravely stand up for their rights, Vietnam tactically accuses them with the allege crime of trying to disturbing its society and imprison them without a fair trial. Thus, teaching and learning about Human Rights in Vietnam totally contradict with implementing and executing the basic rights for the people in Vietnam.

When will people in Vietnam, especially the Khmer-Krom people, have freedom to celebrate the Human Rights Day without interference from the government?