It was such an honor to meet him in Connecticut, yesterday…
Ven. Luon Sovath and Ven. Munindathero Maha Nhor Tepmony are fomer Vipassana students of the renowned Vipassana Master, Ven. Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun, who was shot to death in Phnom Penh in 2003, which shocked the Khmer nation.
Ven. Luon Sovath (right) Wins 2012 Martin Ennals Award. He witnessed his family and fellow villagers being forcibly evicted from their homes in 2009. Since then he has been a strong advocate against forced evictions, which remove families from their homes, often violently and little or no compensation. Despite threats to his person, of arrest and disrobing, the Venerable Sovath, a non-violent Buddhist monk, uses videos, poems and songs to defend the right to housing. His advocacy touches powerful economic interests. The threats against the Venerable Sovath are very real. Human Rights First is a member of the Jury that selected the Venerable Sovath.
From left: Ven. Munindathero and Ven. Luon Sovath, in Connecticut on Sunday November 4, 2012.