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(New York, December 21, 2007) – The Cambodian government should ensure the safety of Buddhist monks whom police attacked during a peaceful protest, Human Rights Watch said today.
On December 17, riot police violently assaulted with wooden and electric shock batons a group of 47 Khmer Krom Buddhist monks – indigenous ethnic Khmer from southern Vietnam – when they attempted to deliver a petition protesting the imprisonment of monks in Vietnam to the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh Police Commissioner Touch Naroth announced that authorities are investigating all of the monks who protested in order to find the “fake monks who instigated the violence.”
Khmer Krom: Cambodia’s Shame?
Tim Sakhorn sentenced to one year imprisonment for attempting to undermine the relationship between Cambodia and Vietnam.
For the Vietnamese and Cambodian authorities, justice is served.
The apparent abrupt disclosure of Tim Sakhorn’s issue has caused might uproar and disappointment for those keeping a close tab of the situation.
For members of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation, it is just the beginning.
For Tim Sakhorn and many of the oppressed indigenous Khmer Krom people, this is just another justice gone wrong for someone attempting to do something right.