Cộng Đồng Người Việt Quốc Gia Hoa Kỳ
The Vietnamese American Community of USA
P.O. Box 452 Sterling Heights, MI 48311
November 18, 2013
To: The Honorable Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations,
The Honorable Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,
The Honorable Remigiusz Achilles Henczel, President of the Human Rights Council, Seventh Cycle (2013) and all Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC)
The Honorable Robert Menendez, Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
The Honorable Royce Applauds, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The Honorable John Kerry, US Secretary of State.
Subject: An Urgent Request for Help to Free the Prisoners of Conscience in Communist Vietnam.
For sixty years since the Vietnamese Communists took power in North Vietnam, and thirty eight years since their occupation of South Vietnam, they have established a cruel totalitarian to tightly control all aspects of life of the Vietnamese people.
Today, thanks to the development of the internet, social media, and the trend of globalization, the Vietnamese people have become aware of their civil and human rights. Many individuals, civil organizations, youths, students, religious leaders have begun to speak out loud for their rights.
In dealing with the increasing people’s movements, the Vietnamese Communists have carried out terror campaigns to oppress the people. They arrested and jailed hundreds of people without court orders, or created kangaroo trials accusing them the crimes they had never committed.
Once in prisons, the Public Security agents (so-called Cong An) used any possible barbarous means to torture the dissidents in order to subdue them mentally and physically.
For the above reasons,
We, the Vietnamese American Community of the U.S.A. strongly condemn the Vietnamese Communist Government for their use of violent policy against their own people, and request the United Nation, all NGO’s, the U.S. Congress, and all International Communities to urge the Communist Vietnam to:
1. – Immediately stop arresting, harassing, torturing their citizens who commit no crimes but struggle for their human rights.
2. – Unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience who have expressed their patriotism in protesting against Chinese expansion policy.
3. – Stop imposing restrictions on freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association.
4. – Fully comply to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other International Laws on Human Rights and Civil Rights that Communist Vietnam has adopted.
Thank you for your concern and consideration.
Yours, very truly
The Vietnamese Americans Community of the USA
• Mr. Tien Ngoc Nguyen, Chairman of the Board of Representatives
• Ms. Thu Lan Huynh, Chairwoman of the Executive Board
• Mr. Tan Van Nguyen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Attachment: List of Prisoners of Conscience in Vietnam.