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US Protests Police Treatment of Diplomat in Vietnam

Reported by VOA NEWS

The U.S. State Department says it has lodged a strong protest with the Vietnamese government after police in the city of Hue roughed up a U.S. diplomat and slammed a car door on his legs.

A Khmer-Krom Buddhist Monk, Venerable Thach Thuol, Concerns about His Safety

On December 23, 2010, VOKK broadcasted an interview between the VOKK’s reporter and Venerable Thach Thuol who has been summoned many times by the Vietnamese authorities regarding to his connection with Venerable Kim Muol. Venerable Kim Muol used to be imprisoned by the Vietnamese government because of involving with the peaceful demonstration to demand for religious freedom in Kampuchea-Krom. Ven. Kim Muol is currently living in Sweden as a political asylum seeker.

A Khmer-Krom Refugee Disappeared After Returning Home

Breaking News
[Updated: Mr. Chau Hen is now currently imprisoned at Tri Ton's Police prison]

According to a trusted source from Chau Lang village, Triton district, An Giang province, around 1 pm, December 17, 2010, Mr. Chau Hen and His wife went back home after two years seeking for refugee status in Bangkok.

US endorses Indigenous Declaration

December 16, 2010
Published by UNPFII - Headline News

The United States has announced that it endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Harper offers to meet with native leaders

Richard J. Brennan | Ottawa Bureau
Published by

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper has offered to sit down with Canada’s native leaders to discuss problems plaguing aboriginal communities across the country.

Harper’s Dec. 8 letter was made public at the end of a three-day Assembly of First Nations conference in Gatineau, Que., which put the spotlight on several issues, including the need for education, health care, housing and potable water.

Human Rights Violations the Rule Not Exception in 2010

Published by VOA
Written by Lisa Schlein | Geneva

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay (file photo)

Human rights violations were the rule rather than the exception in 2010. The United Nations says crimes such as mass rapes, torture, extra-judicial executions, arbitrary detention, disappearances remain widespread throughout the world. Even democratic societies are experiencing an erosion of human rights due to the so-called war on terror and growing xenophobia.

[Thanks to) "Bob Marley for allowing us to use that inspiring music as part of our campaign against discrimination," said Navi Pillay. "It is certainly uplifting."

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.

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