Letter to US President Barack Obama

Kampuchea Krom Territory

National Leadership Decolonization Task Force –

A National Movement for Kampuchea Krom Independence

(Representing over 10 million Khmer Krom peoples,

21 provinces and dependencies)

P.O. Box 17133, St. Paul, MN 55117

Tel/ Fax: (651) 528-8289. Cell: (651) 734-3253

E-mail: chanckeo@comcast.net

May 31, 2012

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of all the Indigenous Khmer Krom Peoples who have been living for thousands and thousands of years on their ancestral lands, Kampuchea Krom , known as Cochinchine in French (Cochin China) or southern Vietnam, I respectfully urge your immediate highest intervention in assisting and helping the long-lasting indigenous Khmer Krom peoples who have been living on their own ancestral Homeland and Motherland, Kampuchea Krom territory under the atrocious colonial rule and Power of both states of Vietnam, the North and the South for generations and generations to get out as soon as possible of this tragic situation and dilemma leading to the urge for the decolonization of Kampuchea Krom territory, a Non-Self-Governing Territory by virtue of the UN GA Declaration 1514(XV) of 14 December 1960 on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples where its point 5 had stated that “Immediate steps shall be taken, in Trust and Non-Self-Governing Territories or all other territories which have not yet attained independence, to transfer all powers to the peoples of those territories, without any conditions or reservations, in accordance with their freely expressed will and desire, without any distinction as to race, creed or colour, in order to enable them to enjoy complete independence and freedom.”

The plight of the Khmer Krom peoples in Kampuchea Krom or southern Vietnam has been clearly and evidently stated in black and white by the collective letter of Dr. Naranhkiri Tith, Ph.D. and his associates, dated 31 May 2009 and by my historical documents, i.e. the Decolonization-Proposal and the Brochure/Guidebook regarding the Non-Self-Governing Kampuchea Krom territory and the Non-Self-Governing Indigenous Khmer Krom Peoples, the rightful and legitimate owners of the territory, respectfully submitted to you via a “Certified Mail Package” on 23 November 2011 and “Received Opened” by The White House Office, Washington D.C. 20500 on 30 November 2011 under #040.

Due to Vietnam’s persistent human rights violations against all basic and fundamental categories of the indigenous Khmer Krom peoples’ human rights, known as the right of nondiscrimination, stipulated by the International Human Rights Law as follows:

  1. Civil right (right of assembly);
  1. Legal right (due process of law);
  1. Political right (right of petition to governance);
  1. Economic right (right to work);
  1. Social right (right to health);
  2. Cultural right (right to take part in cultural life);
  1. Collective right (peoples’ right of self-determination); and
  1. Declaratory right (right of development), I respectfully implore Mr. President to pressure Vietnam to stop violating once and for all Khmer Krom peoples’ human rights and fundamental freedoms and to fully abide by all the dispositions, provisions, principles,   stipulations   and   obligations   outlined   and   prescribed   by   the   UN   GA Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of 13 September 2007 of which Vietnam was one of the signatories.

Today, with the international pressure, only 4 and 6 are allowed but very limited and restricted and permanently under strict observation, control and investigation by the Vietnamese local authorities. Summarily, all indigenous Khmer Krom peoples are living under constant pressure, persecution, oppression, fear and insecurity as rightful and legitimate owners of the land and they are always prohibited from watching TV and listening to news from Cambodia via satellite and cable connections and always threatened of a jail sentence if making their voices loudly heard to the outside world. So they totally rely on all Khmer Krom peoples who are living abroad to make their long-lasting abyss of cruel suffering and agonies and their worries, miseries, pains and voices heard to the international community at large and to the whole universe, in order to assist, help and save them on time before it’s too late from their long-lasting abyss of cruel suffering and agonies deliberately imposed upon them by both colluding partners in crimes, France and Vietnam through France’s disgraced law number 49-733 of 04 June 1949, ceding their ancestral Homeland and Motherland, Kampuchea Krom territory to emperor Bao-Dai of the associated State of Vietnam.

As per strong and firm recommendations of their greatest leader, Dr. Son Ngoc Thanh, a very clean, trustworthy, courageous, brave, super Khmer Krom nationalist and patriot and strong believer in American Liberal Democracy and the only-and-only-one Khmer Krom Top Leader who had founded Chalna Issarak Ruom Khmer (Issarak Khmer United Movement) to fight against French colonial rule and Power in Cambodia for independence, Khmer Serei Movement (Khmer Liberal Movement) in southern Vietnam (Kampuchea Krom territory)on 16 October 1958 to fight against all communist Vietnamese, Vietminh and Vietcong forces in both Cambodia and Vietnam, and lastly Khmer Krom Special Forces at Loc Ninh Center in Kampuchea Krom territory (southern Vietnam) on 15 December 1963 to also fight against all communist Vietnamese, Vietminh and Vietcong forces, I respectfully urge Mr. President to help make as soon as possible Dr. Son Ngoc Thanh’s recommendations a reality for providing them with new hope and new life as dignified members of the human family and as sovereign and independent people on this small planet earth.

To be advised that Khmer Krom Special Forces of Dr. Son Ngoc Thanh were militarily educated and trained under the leadership of an American General Mike Healy with American and Vietnamese advisors. And all those Khmer Krom Special Forces, also known as Mike Forces, fought side by side with the American troupes in Vietnam War and were the ones who courageously and bravely “rescued US pilots shut down in enemy control territory and returned them to safety.” And most importantly, the same Khmer Krom Special Forces who courageously and bravely sacrificed their lives to secure secret and sensitive information and technology, known as the “Black Jack 33 or Black Box” from a US spy airplane shut down in enemy control territory from falling into enemy hands.

For the above reason, I proposed, “The Presidential Citizens Medal” to those brave and courageous Khmer Freedom Fighters, in swift response to the White House e-mail message posted on Facebook, asking me to nominate candidates for the 2012 Citizens Medal.

Mr. President,

Besides awarding the 2012 Citizens Medal to those above Khmer Freedom Fighters and the Minnesota Senate File 2314 (SF 2314) – Asking Congress and the President of the United States to formally recognize the Khmer Freedom Fighters of Cambodia during the conflicts, I respectfully urge Mr. President to save Kampuchea Krom territory and Khmer Krom peoples from the atrocious colonial rule and Power of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) by lovingly sponsoring the Decolonization-Proposal to the United Nations, in order to inscribe it on the Organization’s agenda to be voted by the Membership of the United Nations. Only through the decolonization process and or mechanism of the United Nations and through the placement of Kampuchea Krom territory under the control of the United Nations, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, and Chapter XIII, in order to create a free and fair political environment allowing the indigenous Khmer Krom peoples to freely exercise their right to self-determination and independence pursuant to the international law and also in strict conformity with the greatest will and highest aspirations of the world’s leaders to totally eradicate colonialism in all its forms and manifestations in the whole world in the twenty-first century, all indigenous Khmer Krom peoples both inside Kampuchea Krom territory (southern Vietnam) and in overseas territories and countries will exercise their right to self-determination and independence through their freely expressed will and desire to freely determine their future political status in a UN-brokered self-determination referendum or a UN-sponsored popular consultation as the UN had successfully accomplished for East Timor on 30 August 1999. And overridingly in allowing all indigenous Khmer Krom peoples to respectfully pay deepest respect and gratitude to their greatest and most trustworthy and clean leader, Dr. Son Ngoc Thanh who had strongly and firmly recommended them to put their trust and their only-and-only trust in the United States of America and its democratic leaders to safeguard Kampuchea Krom territory and Khmer Krom peoples as clearly stated and outlined by his nine-point plan herewith attached for your clairvoyant sanction and final decision and immediate action for the mutual interest of the United States of America and Kampuchea Krom territory and its long-lasting suffering Khmer Krom peoples.

As a new 2012 Member of a Democratic National Committee, I strongly support your vision for America and your presidency to lead America in the right direction and to save America and American people and the world from possible and potential terrorist attacks by decisively ordering the American forces to kill the terrorist top leader, Osama Bin Laden.

Greatly hope that Mr. President generously assist and help the indigenous Khmer Krom peoples to get out as soon as possible of their long-lasting abyss of cruel suffering and agonies imposed upon them for generations and generations by the successive governments of Vietnam and of the deadly wells and hells of the Vietnamese governments, would you please Mr. President accept from the bottom of my heart my deepest respect and gratitude.

Very respectfully Submitted,

Chan Chhan Keo, Chairman

Kampuchea Krom Territory National Leadership

Decolonization Task Force –

A National Movement for Kampuchea

Krom Independence

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