Houston, Texas USA
August 5th 2013
We are inviting you to sign a petition to support Human Rights in Vietnam. This petition is H.R 1897- Human Rights Act Vietnam 2013 which sponsored by Congressman Christopher Smith and passed the House of Representative on August 1st, 2013. This bill is the first step to pressure Vietnam to respect human rights. It is currently in the hands of US Senate Foreign Committee members.
Vietnam has taken the place of Burma as the worst violator of human rights in South East Asia. In its 2012 World Report, The Human Rights Watch reported that the Vietnamese government “systematically suppresses freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly”. HRW also alarmed Vietnam’s crackdown against political dissidents. According to Reporter without Borders, Vietnam ranked 172th out of 179 countries in Press Freedom Index 2011/2012. Senator John McCain and Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell stated that Hanoi must improve on human rights before the US can consider selling it military hardware. On September 24/2012, the prominent blogger Nguyễn Văn Hải, who writes under the name Điếu Cày or The Peasant’s Pipe, was sentenced 12 years in prison and 5 years house arrest. His name was mentioned by President Barrack Obama in a speech on World Press Freedom day in May 2012. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2012 indicated that Vietnam government is increasingly violating human rights. Recently, two Vietnamese students, Nguyen Phuong Uyen and Dinh Nguyen Kha were imprisoned 8 years and 6 years respectively for expressing their anger toward Chinese violating Vietnam territory on the South China Sea. Vietnam currently jailed 150 bloggers and cyber dissidents.
As Americans our love for freedom and human rights must come first. We ask you to follow this link to sign the petition from BPSOS to call upon the US Senate Foreign Committee to pass this bill.
Thank you for your kindness,
Committee To Support Human Rights Act 2013