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PEF Report: "Refugee Protection in ASEAN: National Failures, Regional Responsibilities"

Published by People's Empowerment Foundation

Countries in Southeast Asia act as origins, transit routes, and destinations for an increasing number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and other forcibly displaced people from the region and other parts of the world. Fleeing conflict, persecution, and other dire circumstances in their home countries, they are continually left vulnerable to a variety of human rights abuses carried out by both state and non-state actors in multiple countries. Sadly, refugee problems are being severely neglected in the context of mixed migration. While regulating the inflows of migrants, governments of popular destination countries lack mechanisms for identifying refugees in need of protection, instead criminalizing them along with other undocumented migrants.

Australia moves to recognize Aborigines in constitution

By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) -- Australia's government said Monday that it is moving to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the nation's constitution.

"The Australian Constitution is the foundation document of our system of government, but it fails to recognize the special place of our first Australians," Prime Minister Julia Gillard's office said in a statement.

Law students fight for genocide victims

By Danny Serna
Published by Yale Daily News
Thursday, October 7, 2010

In the late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge brought mass murder and terror to Cambodia under the leader Pol Pot in one of the worst genocides of the last 50 years. Pol Pot himself claimed 800,000 “enemies” of the Khmer Rouge were slaughtered; some estimate more than 2 million were killed.

Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic to Work with Legal Team Supporting Victims of Khmer Rouge Atrocities

September 30, 2010
Published by Yale Law School

A group of faculty and students from Yale Law School’s human rights clinic have joined the legal team for the Khmer Krom, survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide who are determined to have their cases heard at the upcoming trial of four former senior Khmer Rouge leaders.

Members of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic will work with Access to Justice Asia (AJA) to seek justice for the Khmer Krom, a minority group targeted for elimination by the Khmer Rouge when relations between Cambodia and Vietnam became strained in the 1970s and Pol Pot turned against Vietnam.

A Young Khmer-Krom Woman Died Two Year after Got Beating up by the Vietnamese Police

Neang Savong On Saturday, September 25, 2010, a young Khmer-Krom woman, Neang Savong, who used to lead the Khmer-Krom farmers to demand returning confiscated farmlands, passed away.

In 2008, Mrs. Neang Savong led a group of Khmer-Krom farmers in An Cu village, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province to demand the Vietnamese authorities to return their confiscated farmlands. During their peaceful protest, the Vietnamese authority sent Vietnamese Polices using arm forces to disperse the protest. Vietnamese polices used electric baton to beat her and made her became unconscious for one day. Since then, she had become ill and passed away on September 25, 2010.

"As Viet Nam develops, new efforts are needed to ensure no one is left behind," says UN expert on extreme poverty

31 August, 2010
Published by OHCHR

HA NOI – “While Viet Nam has made impressive progress in reducing poverty over the past two decades, additional efforts are required to ensure the inclusion of vulnerable groups and the sustainability of progress made” said the UN Independent Expert on human rights and extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda, at the end of her nine-day visit to the country.

Khmer Krom man killed, several others injured by Viet mob

03 September 2010
By Sok Serey
Radio Free Asia
Translated from Khmer by Soy from KI Media
Click here to read the article in Khmer

Recently, accusations have been leveled that Khmer Krom families [in South Vietnam] suffer various types of discriminations, but now, report indicated that a Khmer Krom man was killed and 11 other Khmer Krom people were injured.

A Khmer Krom man was killed and 11 others were injured when they were beat up by a mob of several dozens of Viets armed with batons and knives. The incident took place on 2 September at a rubber plantation in Dong Nai province, Vietnam.

A Khmer-Krom Youth Killed in Kampuchea-Krom Because He is Khmer

In Kampuchea-Krom, most of the Khmer-Krom youths drop out of school after finishing their middle school or even earlier because they have to find works to support their family. The Khmer-Krom youths cannot find works in their villages. They have to leave their beloved villages to look for works in the factories near Prey Nokor (Sai Gon) City, rubber plantations, or even working as servants for the Vietnamese families. Whatever job they can find, they are willing to take even it is under paid, so they can earn some money to support their family.

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