Khmer Krom Conference Report
The series of conferences intend to address the topic of self-determination in Asia-Pacific, and the plight of the Khmer Krom in particular. This first conference, also the first such event to be held in a Francophone country, focussed on the historical legacy left by colonialism and how modern actions can help overcome that legacy. The interplay between the colonial legacy and human rights was discussed as well as potential steps towards reconciliation and equality. Within this framework, the conference analyzed potential proposals for a path towards peaceful self-determination, with inspiration from the fields of nonviolence, economic justice, political emancipation and international human rights law.
These topics were discussed vividly by speakers, who included Mme. Nelly Roland Iriberry, the Mayor of Villepinte, Mr. Joshua Cooper of the Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights, Mr. To Kim Thong, the Chairman of the Khmer Kampuchea-Krom Federation, Mr. Romy Thach, the President of KKF Youth Council, Ms. Lea Chumchay and Mr. Jerome Bouquet-Elkaim, a prominent human-rights lawyer. A statement from the UNPO was also read out on behalf of Mr. Marino Busdachin.
Over 200 Khmer-Krom attended the event, as well as representatives from partner NGOs. The event was covered by Radio Free Asia.
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