Khmer Krom: Peaceful Rally at Founding Site of United Nations
There were about 70 Khmer Krom monks, men, women, youths from Northern and Southern California, Canada and Cambodia in the march. From Hawaii and UNPO representative, Mr. Joshua Cooper also participated in this march. Starting from the UN Plaza, our Khmer Krom people waved the Kampuchea Krom flags and banners towards the War Memorial Theater, asking for the rights of the Indigenous people to be protected and promoted at the UN Human Rights Council.
At the conclusion of the march, speeches were presented Venerable Thach Berong, Mr. Thach Ngoc Thach (KKF President), Dr. Cooper (Director of Hawaii Institute for Human Rights) and other people present. The speech highlighted the importance of this day and was a unique opportunity for the KKF organization to further increase the worlds knowledge of the Khmer Kroms struggle for self determination and recognition as the Indigenous Peoples of the Mekong Delta region.
While this was the first year that KKF organized this historical event, it brought the attention of residents and workers in San Francisco and the local media. Likewise, by participating in such marches, our Khmer Krom people continue to learn and be exposed to the different way of seeking fundamental rights and freedom on behalf of their Khmer Krom people in Kampuchea Krom.