FREEDOM - JUSTICE - PEACE
THE COUNCIL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN TODAY'S VIETNAM
Freedom - Justice - Peace
We, Khmers-Krom, represented by the Supreme National Council of Kampuchea-Krom (SNC-KK); Chams, by the Council for Social and Cultural Development of Champa (CSCD-Champa); and the Montagnards*, by the People’s Congress of ‘Pays Montagnards du Sud’ (PMS)** met and unanimously adopted a political measure based on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This measure is intended to urgently find solutions to save our nations from the danger of total assimilation of our races which is being carried out by the present Vietnamese government.
As a result
A multiracial leadership organization was founded and named the Council of Indigenous Peoples in Today’s Vietnam’ (CIP-TVN) with the specific mission. The Council endorses and advocates for helping implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as mandated, in the colonized homelands of the Council’s members. The Council not only recognizes and supports the political visions and aspirations of its members, but also champions its members to obtain the rights to self-determination and self-government for them as well. The Council equally honors the Khmer-Krom, and Montagnard people’s visions for sovereign nation states as their ultimate goals: Kampuchea-Krom (former French Cochinchina) for the Khmer-Krom people; and former French “Pays Montagnards du Sud” for the Montagnard people. Historically, these territories have been colonized by Vietnamese colonial authorities: on Champa since 1832, Cochinchina 1949, and PMS 1954.