Ethnic Vietnamese Projects

MIRO Projects in Support of Ethnic Vietnamese

Monitoring Ethnic Vietnamese Rights:

Cambodia’s ethnic Vietnamese are regularly subjected to human rights abuses, with few options to express the challenges they face. In response, MIRO regularly conducts monitoring and reporting on the state of ethnic Vietnamese human rights. The objectives of monitoring and reporting on human rights are to seek solutions to rights issues faced by the Vietnamese, and to reduce discrimination to create an equal and just Cambodian society wherein ethnic Vietnamese have equal access to social and political participation. MIRO achieves these objectives through the following activities:

  • Conduct investigations into ethnic Vietnamese human rights issues, and provide legal support for those seeking justice.
  • Lobby and advocate for authorities to address ethnic Vietnamese human rights abuses.
  • Compile reports, press releases, and petitions to raise awareness within the Cambodian government, public, and international community on the human rights challenges faced by ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia.
  • Conduct meetings involving Vietnamese community members, local and national authorities, government officials, other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and legal experts to discuss strategies to improve the human rights protection of ethnic Vietnamese.

Protecting and Decreasing the Number of Vietnamese Stateless persons in Cambodia:

The position of statelessness that many Vietnamese live in constitutes the single greatest challenge for ethnic Vietnamese to access human rights. Without an official recognition of citizenship, stateless ethnic Vietnamese have limited access to land ownership, social services like healthcare and education, and cannot participate in the political process of Cambodia. In response, MIRO works to reduce the number of stateless people in Cambodia, providing assistance to individuals attempting to receive documentation. This project, devoted to supporting ethnic Vietnamese in five Cambodian provinces, works to increase the clarity of policy regarding identification paper application processes for ethnic Vietnamese, and increase understanding within ethnic Vietnamese communities regarding international human rights law and the available processes to access those rights in Cambodia. The main activities conducted by MIRO to decrease

  • Provide legal assistance to individuals seeking Cambodian documentation.
  • Lobby both national and local authorities to increase clarity of policy regarding the identification paper application process for ethnic Vietnamese.
  • Conduct workshops in ethnic Vietnamese villages to increase knowledge of the identification paper application process, and increase understanding of human rights.

Support for School Attendance of Viet Children:

Based on research conducted in January 2014, MIRO discovered that many ethnic Vietnamese children received little to no education.  MIRO identified that the low education rates are caused by a lack of birth certificates (a requirement to attend state schools), inability to afford the costs of school (transportation, fees for private school, school supplies, and meal costs), and a lack of understanding in the community regarding children’s rights and the importance of education. In response, MIRO will implement a program based on reducing the costs of education, and advocacy for the right to education within the target communities, general public, and government authorities. The project is aimed at two communities in the Kampong Chhnang province.

To achieve higher education rates in the target communities, MIRO:

  • Provides funding for students to cover the costs of education, which include school fees, transportation, school supplies, meals, uniforms, and teacher salaries.
  • Conducts workshops for parents on the value and necessity of education.
  • Advocates for local authorities to improve access to birth certificates for ethnic Vietnamese so they can attend state schools.
  • Conducts media awareness activities to inform the public on the barriers to education faced by ethnic Vietnamese.

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