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Vietnam: “NO!” to VN Human Rights Act in U.S.A.

September 20, 2007

Preface: On September 18, 2007, the U. S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 414 to 3 the “Vietnam Human Rights Act.” The act, if also passed by the Senate and enacted into law, requires future increases in U.S. nonhumanitarian aid to Vietnam to be tied to improvements in the Hanoi government’s human rights record. The president would be required to certify that Vietnam made significant progress in its human rights record — before any increase in nonhumanitarian aid is released.

September 20, 2007
Xinhua News, China

Vietnam strongly protests the United States’ Vietnam Human Rights Act 2007, which contains fabricated information on the situation in the country, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Thursday.

The bill would negatively impact on the positive development of the Vietnam-United States relations, the paper quoted spokesman of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Dung as saying.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday.

“Over the past many decades, the Vietnamese people have pursued their struggles to gain independence, freedom and democratic rights. The Vietnam Constitution clearly stipulates that the state respects and ensures its citizens’ economic, political, cultural, social and civil rights, including the rights to freedom of religion, speech, the press, information, meetings and forming of associations,” he said.

“After 20 years of renewal, Vietnam has recorded huge achievements in economic development, executed social justice, brought into play democracy, improved the living standards and ensured the rights and freedom of its citizens. This progress has been recognized by the international community,” Dung said.

“Vietnam has been and will be ready for dialogue with the United States on a number of issues, including democracy, human rights and religious issues,” he said. “We ask the United States to view democracy and human rights issues in Vietnam objectively and within our historical context while respecting Vietnam’s economic, cultural and social particulars in the spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding, without letting these issues hinder the fine development of the two countries’ relationship,” he said.

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Communist Vietnam blaming foreign forces for democracy protests

September 8, 2007

By Bill Gertz
Backgrounder 

U.S. officials say the communist government in Vietnam has broken its silence on public protests over land claims by asserting that foreign hostile forces are behind the unrest.

Rallies have been held from June through August in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Party and military newspapers have identified senior monks of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and two leading pro-democracy dissidents for their alleged roles in seeking to exploit the protests.

The monks were identified as UBCV leaders Thich Quang Do and Thich Khong Tanh, and the pro-democracy activists are Nguyen Khac Toan and Hoang Minh Chinh.The Vietnamese army newspaper called them “dirty puppets” over overseas forces. And the Communist Party daily compared them to two traitors in Vietnamese history, Le Chieu Thong and Tran Ich Tac. Thong, the last king of an 18th century dynasty, is known for inviting the Chinese to invade in an effort to retain his position. Tac, a 13th century prince, is known for surrendering to a Mongolian army in order to become king.

The Party commentary said the two monks and two dissidents will “be exposed and spat on” by the Vietnamese people like the earlier traitors.

The demonstrations have received no press attention in the West.

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As illegal land grabs increase, so does unrest in China

Vietnam: Farmers Protest Government Land Seizures