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Human Rights, Vietnam: Senate Hearing

March 15, 2008

March 15, 2008

At a hearing this past week of the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on East Asian & Pacific Affairs, Dr. Ngai Nguyen, Vice Secretary of the Democratic Party of Vietnam, in a prepared Statement, praised Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator James Webb for holding this important hearing to examine U.S. – Vietnam Relations.

Dr. Ngai Nguyen, the Vice Secretary of the Democratic Party of Vietnam, pointed out that Vietnam had shown some improvement in their behavior toward human rights in 2006 when it was eager to receive favorable trade relations agreements with the United States, and membership in the World Trade Organization.

The U.S. Capitol building is seen in Washington January 28, ... 

But once these benefits were granted, the government of Vietnam in 2007 reverted to an increase in arrests of dissidents, incarceration of religious leaders and restrictions on both political and religious freedoms.

One recent example surrounded the death on February 7, 2008, of Mr. Hoang Minh Chinh, the founder of the Democratic Party of Vietnam.

Dr. Nhan Nguyen, a prominent cardiac surgeon at Stanford University, and a member of the DPV, traveled to Hanoi to attend the funeral. However, one day prior to the funeral, she was kidnapped and deported from the country.

Another recent example was the fact that Trung Tien Nguyen, at age 24 and a half, more than six years older than most recruits, was drafted into the Vietnamese army last month. He had a job and was still going to graduate school, but was singled out because he was a young and active member of the DPV in Vietnam.

At the hearing, Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State, in response to a question from the Committee, stated “there is still only one authorized political party in Vietnam, the Communist Party.”

Dr. Nguyen also praised the release on March 11, 2008 of the Department of State’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices, 2007, which said, “The Vietnamese Government’s human rights record remains unsatisfactory.”

The primary mission of the Democratic Party of Vietnam is to persuade the Communist Party, through peaceful means, to recognize the freedoms of the UN Charter and to allow multi-political parties, freedom of press and religion and the right to produce private publications, and the opportunity to live in a free enterprise economy with free entry, exit and travel.


US sees progress but no NKorean pact

March 14, 2008
By ELIANE ENGELER, Associated Press Writer 

GENEVA – The United States and North Korea made progress Thursday in overcoming obstacles that have stalled a major nuclear disarmament deal but remained short of a breakthrough, the chief U.S. negotiator said.

North Korean chief negotiator Kim Gye Gwan boards a car prior ...
North Korean chief negotiator Kim Gye Gwan boards a car prior to a bilateral meeting with US chief negotiator Christopher Hill in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, March 13, 2008. The talks held in Geneva are about the normalization of the relations between the US and North Korea and about the North Korean nuclear program.
(AP Photo/Keystone, Dominic Favre) 

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Christopher Hill told reporters that the talks in Geneva were probably the most substantive that Washington has had with North Korea since problems developed in December over disarming Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

“We certainly are further along in this consultation than we were when I arrived this morning,” Hill said after meetings with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan. “There has been progress.”

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U.S. to keep pressing Vietnam on jailed activists

March 13, 2008

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will use human rights talks with Vietnam in May to press for the release of political prisoners, including a U.S. citizen jailed last year, the top U.S. diplomat for Asia said on Wednesday.

A woman walks past a branch of Vietnam's Investment and ...
 woman walks past a branch of Vietnam’s Investment and Development Bank in Hanoi March 11, 2008.

U.S . Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill, who visited Hanoi this month, told a U.S. Senate hearing he had raised the jailings of Nguyen Quoc Quan of California and other democracy activists with Vietnamese authorities and would keep on pressing these and other cases.

“We will continue to push vigorously for a greater expansion of the civil and political rights of all Vietnamese citizens and for the release of all political prisoners,” Hill said in a written statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Hill testified before the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs a day after the State Department’s annual report….

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US Envoy: NKorea Should Emulate Vietnam

March 3, 2008

By Ben Stocking, Associated Press Writer

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — North Korea should draw inspiration from fellow communist nation Vietnam, whose openness to reform and foreign investment caused its economy to boom, the top U.S. envoy to nuclear talks with Pyongyang said Monday.

Christopher Hill, chief US negotiator on North Korea's nuclear ... 
Christopher Hill, chief US negotiator on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament speaks during a press conference in Hanoi on March 3. Hill said he wants to see North Korea follow Vietnam’s reforms carried out in the last decade.
(AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam)

“What has happened in Vietnam in the last half-decade is nothing short of extraordinary,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, on a one-day trip to Vietnam at the end of a 16-day tour of Asia.”I think every country, even North Korea, should be very inspired by the progress made by the Vietnamese people in bringing this economy up,” Hill said. “I would hope that North Korea could look at Vietnam’s successful experiences and perhaps learn something.”

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North Korea: Time To Renew Disarmament Talks

February 20, 2008

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North Korea and U.S. negotiators met Tuesday for the first time in two months with Pyongyang expressing interest in resuming the stalled process to eliminate its nuclear programs, the main U.S. envoy said.Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said he and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan had “a good substantial discussion” in Beijing earlier Tuesday, but no breakthroughs were made.

“They were interested in figuring out if we have a way forward on this,” Hill said after arriving in South Korea. “But we will see if we’re actually successful.”

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U.S. presses N. Korea on Syria

February 20, 2008

By Nicholas Kralev
February 20, 2008

The United States, alarmed by mounting evidence that North Korea gave nuclear assistance to Syria, has rejected pressure from some of its partners in six-nation talks to compromise on an overdue declaration of Pyongyang’s nuclear activities, U.S. officials said yesterday.
The declaration, which was due at the end of December, would complete the second phase of an October deal aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and clear the way for promised political and economic benefits to the communist state.

“We won’t have a complete and correct declaration until we have a complete and correct declaration,” Christopher R. Hill, the chief U.S. negotiator, said yesterday after meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Kye-gwan, in Beijing. “So I’m not sure if we yet have an understanding on that.”

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US: N. Korea must declare nuclear plans

February 18, 2008
By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer 

BEIJING – A U.S. nuclear envoy said Monday that North Korea needs to make a proper declaration of its nuclear programs to revive a disarmament process that has stalled since the end of last year.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill arrives at ... 

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill arrives at Beijing airport Monday Feb. 18, 2008. Hill arrived in Beijing on Monday for talks on putting a stalled North Korean nuclear disarmament process back on track and was expected to meet with Chinese officials, but said he had no plans to meet any representatives of North Korea.
(AP Photo/Greg Baker)

North Korea was supposed to declare its nuclear programs by the end of 2007 to the five other countries involved in the talks. Pyongyang said it produced a list in November, but Washington has maintained that the information was inadequate.

“We’re a little stuck on the need for a complete and correct declaration,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill told reporters.

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