By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Future increases in U.S. nonhumanitarian aid towould be tied to improvements in the Hanoi government’s human rights record under legislation approved by the House Tuesday.
Supporters of the legislation, passed 414-3, said it was in response to Vietnam’s recent crackdown on citizens speaking out for political, religious and human rights.
“Sadly, in recent months, the human rights situation in Vietnam has deteriorated and become substantially worse and a new ugly wave of brutal oppression has been launched by,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., sponsor of the legislation.
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Nguyễn Minh Triết and First Lady Trần Thị Kim Chi meet with George W. Bush and Laura Bush at the President’s Palace, November 2006.
Text of announcement from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and a message in Vietnamese from Dr. Thang D. Nguyen, Director, Boat People SOS.