MIRO Projects in Support of Khmer Krom
Monitoring Khmer Krom Rights:
The Cambodian Khmer Krom are regularly subjected to human rights violations. Khmer Krom are barred from speaking out for their rights and do not enjoy the benefits of fair procedure in either the Cambodian or Vietnamese legal systems. As well as this, Khmer Krom are subject to substandard living conditions – many have no access to identification papers, resulting in a lack of access to education or secure land tenure, reduced employment opportunities and diminished access to travel documents. In response, MIRO seeks to conducts a number of activities to protect the human rights of Khmer Krom, supporting them in the struggle to receive the rights and protections they are entitled to. This project, funded by the Norwegian Human Rights Fund, focuses on the rights of both the Khmer Krom community in Cambodia as a whole, as well as the specific rights violations faced by Khmer Krom activists. The project’s main activities are:
Decreasing Statelessness Among Khmer Krom in Cambodia and Protecting Khmer Krom Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Thailand:
As many as 360 000 Khmer Krom currently live as stateless people in Cambodia, without the rights protections and access to social services provided by citizenship. This situation exists despite guarantees of citizenship from the Cambodian government, as Khmer Krom face many challenges and burdens in the process of receiving documentation. As well, Khmer Krom people seeking protection under refugee status abroad struggle to do so. In response, MIRO projects aim to reduce statelessness by improving access to Cambodian citizenship, and supports Khmer Krom asylum seekers.
The project focuses on the following activities:
Khmer Krom women:
Based on research conducted in August and September 2013, MIRO found that the social and political issues facing the Khmer Krom disproportionately affect women. In particular, MIRO found that women were subject to an inability to meaningfully participate in the political process in Cambodia, gender-based discrimination and domestic violence. As well, MIRO found that when women were subjected to human rights abuse, they were incapable of bringing complaints to appropriate authorities. To address these issues, MIRO has developed a project based on increasing Khmer Krom women’s understanding of human rights and gender discrimination, increasing knowledge about political processes, and informing women on legal processes to seek justice regarding their human rights.
The main activities carried out in this project are: