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Khmer Youth Scholarship 2016

Annual Meeting and Scholarship 9 Dec 2012 (16)The Khmer-Canadian Youth Association of Alberta is pleased to announce that this year(2016) is going to be the 3rd consecutive year in which the Scholarship will be awarded. This year we have expanded the scholarship program, offering more scholarships and recognizing more students!
We are proud to recognize and award the amazing youth in our community for their
academic excellence and community involvement.

1) Academic Excellence Scholarship –
Applicants in Junior High and Senior High from grade 7 – grade 12 will be eligible for the
scholarship with a value up to $50.00 each. Upon finishing Grade 12, students will be
eligible for four scholarships, the Academic Excellence ‒ Legacy Award, which is worth
up to $500.00 each based on their academic average. Any Grade 12 students that are
not a recipient of the award will continue to be eligible for the Academic Excellence

1. Be a of Cambodian descent residing in Calgary and surround areas
2. Be enrolled full-time in a Junior or Senior High School (gr. 7 – 12)
3. Have earned a minimum cumulative average of 75% in the current grade

DEADLINE – November 30, 2016

2) Community Leadership Scholarship – to be announced

All applications should be sent to:
C/O – Khmer Youth Association of Alberta
REF: Scholarship
7011 Odgen Rd. SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 1B5

Download file in pdf and fill it. Thank you!

You are cordially invited to join 25th Anniversary of Paris Peace Agreement

គំរប់ខួប២៥ឆ្នាំ នៃកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងទីក្រុងប៉ារីស ២៣ តុលា ១៩៩១ – ២៣ តុលា ២០១៦

25th Anniversary of Paris Peace Agreement, 23 October 1991 – 23 October 2016

Venue: Khmer-Canadian Buddhist Cultural Centre, 7011 Ogden Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2A 1B5,

When: Saturday, 22 October 2016, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

ខ្លឹមសារសំខាន់ៗ Themes:

  • សិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោតរបស់ពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរនៅក្រៅប្រទេស  Voting Rights of Overseas Cambodians (The CEROC)
  • តុលាការនិងប្រព័ន្ធយុត្តិធម៍ឯករាជ្យ  Independent Court and Justice System
  • ធ្វើនយោបាយដោយស្មើភាពគ្នា  Level Playing Field
  • បញ្ឈប់វប្បធម៌និទណ្ឌភាព  No Culture of Impunity
  • អភិវឌ្ឍន៌សេដ្ឋកិច្ចដោយសមធម៍  Fair Distribution of Nation Wealth
  • ចូរដោះលែងអ្នកការពារសិទ្ធិមនុស្សនិងអ្នកទោសនយោបាយទាំងអស់  Free Those Human Rights Defenders and Political Prisoners

Gratitude: free snacks & beverage



25 Years of PPA

Poster 2015This year is the 24 Years of Paris Peace Agreement Anniversary (October 23, 1991 – October 23, 2015) that Cambodia has been gradually transformed itself after impacting by the cold war and post-cold war domino.

The Khmer Youth Association of Alberta is proudly to continue its commemorations since 2009 which has focused on different themes. The theme for this year is “Cambodian diaspora & their  rights to vote in Cambodia election by endorsing the Advocacy Efforts of The CEROC or Commission for Elections Rights of Overseas Cambodians”.

The main purpose of our commemoration is to educate the youths and to create awareness for the public of how important of this day. Our activities are workshops, seminars and classroom-set gathering.

This year,  we are eagerly welcoming everyone to join with us at the Village Square Library, Calgary,  Alberta. This venue give us enough rationale for purposes mentioned above.

There are key presenters on the issues as well as the sharing of experience from Thailand and Filipino diaspora about voting long distance with all their country’s national elections.

Thank you very much for your attention and we hope you can join with us with same day and similar themes anywhere around the world.

FYI please see attached poster.

In Fraternity,

23 years anniversary of Paris Peace Agreement Invitation

You are cordially invited to the 23rd Anniversary of Paris Peace Agreement:23rd Anniversary Commemoration

  • Where: Khmer-Canadian Buddhist Cultural Centre

7011 Ogden Road SE, Calgary, AB

  • When: Saturday, 25 October 2014

@ 10:30am to 4:30pm

– Tel: 403-235-5415

– Email:


  • Khmer-Canadian Buddhist Cultural Society
  • Cambodian-Canadian Association of Alberta
  • Cambodia Women’s Group
  • Khmer Youth Association of Alberta

– 23rd Anniversary Commemoration of Paris Peace Agreement

– 23rd Anniversary Program Details

The ICJ Judgement, the Prasat Preah Vihear and the Cambodian People

Prasat Preah VihearToday marks historical event for Cambodia while the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague of Holand interpreted the verdict of the Preah Vihear issue of June 15, 1962 again as this temple is belong to Cambodia, not Thailand. On this November 11, 2013, the court affirmed its stand again. Cambodian people from all strata including the politicians are happily cheering to this judgement. The most cheering politicians are Prime Minister, adviser(s) to Premier and the spokesperson of the government (listened from RFI and VOA).

For online group debate such as CAN and Campro, the members shared different aspects on the judgement. Reading the original document of the judgement, the court declared the Temple belongs to Cambodia while the document doesn’t elaborate or clarify the contested surrounding area or vicinity of 4.6 km square land parcel. The court termed “promontory” or means “a narrow area of high land that sticks out into the sea” in its written judgement. For Cambodia, the mentioned 4.6 km square is not mentioned its legal contesting at all. Cambodia has never said or termed such 4.6 km square; Cambodia has seriously referred legal contesting to the Map or the Annex 1 map, according to Phy Siphan, the spokesperson on Hello VOA today. After the court released its judgement, the editor of ThaiPBS Sermsuk says Thailand has lost 1-2 sq km around temple NOT 4.6 sq km (link).

The interpretation conundrum might rest within a sloppy trail as individual Cambodian and Thai will have their say and their vocal opinion.

However, the jurisdiction of the court has already been impregnably uncontested. When all parties discussed on those long standing legal and technical aspects in front of the judge(s), the conclusion to this final decision has already covered all those filing documents and arguments. This interpretation is different from the judgement on the June 15, 1962 as the addendum of documents and arguments have already been warrant from all concerned and contested parties. So the judgement in this time adjudicated all legal compositions and ascended into mission-fulfilled legal attainment. The temple, the surrounding, the vicinity or the promontory etc., all belong to Cambodia.

For fans on facebook, their say is critical. For Khieu Thy, a professional Tour Guide in Siem Reap said before the judgement that:

Cambodia owns 4,8sqkm at Preah Vihear Temple area, and Cambodia must win the case at UN court in Holland at 4:00pm today (November 11th, 2103), we are Cambodians cannot afford and tolerate to lose anymore land from our precious ancestors. Our nation has been suffering so much of land loosing since 14th on.
And after the judgement, he expressed release as he said:
Finally, the Justice comes to Cambodia. ICJ now rules as the same as in 1962. Land area approximately 4,8sqkm at Preah Vihear temple has no word “the Disputing or the Overlapping” between Cambodia and Thailand anymore. It’s Cambodia’s sovereignty.
For Ou Virak, the director of Human Rights Cener (HRC), he concluded as saying that:
I am cautiously celebrating the “victory” of the International Court of Justice’s ruling today that Cambodia has sovereignty of the World Heritage Preah Vihear Temple. The ruling only interprets the 1962 decision. To me, this is as I have expected, no surprises. I am cautious because Thai politics is very volatile and nationalists and the military could use this as a rally point which could escalate the situation. Also, Phnom Trop, a site of fierce clashes before, is not considered by the court, leaving room for overlapping claims by both sides again. I think the ruling is helping cementing a clearer decision and hope will be seen as a victory for Cambodia, for Thailand and the world. Thailand should see this as opportunity to work closer with Cambodia to bring about lasting peace and truly benefit from a stable region. We share much of history, culture and heritage and let’s put the common interest ahead of political one. The Cambodian government needs to be extremely careful in not adding fuel to the political fire in Thailand, extend the hand to Thailand to discuss developing the areas so both sides could benefit.

But the long-standing contender of border scheme with neighbors and territorial handling by Hun Sen government, Mr. Sieng Pengse argued differently. For Pengse, he argued that the judgement of the Court of Hague has already affirmed that Preah Vihear and surrounding area belongs to Cambodia but the conflict has been triggered in this area because Cambodia under the leadership of Hun Sen has been positioning itself within a weakness of social, political and economic development. The weakness is not only with the neighboring countries, it extends to the international arena. With Thailand, Hun Sen government sometime endorsed confrontational approach and sometime brought the issue to the international court of justice like the ICJ. But with Vietnam, Hun Sen government has been so submissive. As the matter of fact, the supplemental border treaty of 2005 has helped leverage Vietnamese a legal domination towards this nation at least by legalizing the illegal and unequal border treaties during the occupation of Vietnam over Cambodia’s sovereign territory. As the result, many meters of border land and Koh Trol island have been gradually trespassed and taken over by Vietnam government.

Looking at the leadership on both levels: governance system/bureaucrats and individual leadership characteristic, Hun Sen government has not planned to bring about credibility, confidence, trust and universal value at all. They have employed much of the exclusive political strategies by excluding all critics, opposition activists, grassroots movements and NGOs. The party has concerned on lifeblood loyalty, not ability at all. Party members from bottom to top level are full of people who are flattering their bosses rather than elaborating the core issues. The management of state budget is full of corruption including traditional bribery and the selling of state asset, all have become normal for Hun Sen government. Hun Sen cannot conduct any reform and do any change to welcome strategy of inclusiveness because himself, his wife, children and family members all are enjoying the luxurious life on the backbone and shoulder of Cambodian people as well as the piling property of national wealth.

From this critical argument and well-longed observation, the Hun Sen government has not only exhausted its internal strength but also brought about bad credit to Cambodia within the eyes of its neighboring countries and the international spheres.

We wish only this judgement has been respected by both parties to build lasting peace, cooperation, and sustainable development at the disputed areas as well as along the borderline (land and sea). This wish is not picky only on Thailand, but also includes Lao and Vietnam as well!

Below is the latest ICJ document and the video screening regarding this re-interpretation.

ICJ Reinterpretation of Judgement on 15 June 1962 and 11 November 2013

Khmer Song by Preap Sovath “Prasat Preah Vihear”

The ICJ Judgement reported by the VOA

Live Judgement from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from the Hague of Holland on 11 November 2013

Live Judgement from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from the Hague of Holland on 15-19 April 2013