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August 4, 2007

Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 11:36:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jean Libby editor@vietamreview.net

Subject: letter from VN Embassy to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose); protest to Yahoo from Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo) for helping Chinese jail dissidents

Thank you Tieng Dan Weekly for the attached copy of the response from Nguyen Tam Chien of the VN Embassy to a letter from Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren regarding the recent demonstration and arrests in Saigon. The letter is particularly odious and deceptive, saying that the issue is not human rights but “land disputes” as “stated by sources unfriendly to Vietnam.” The letter, dated August 1, 2007, was authorized by VN President Nguyen Minh Triet.

Congresswoman Lofgren is fighting hard and well to insure the rights of small groups of immigrants and their children to the USA as well as speaking out for human rights in Vietnam. Her battle with showboating Republicans who are appealing to ethnic prejudice with “immigration backlash” as chair of the House of Representatives Immigration Committee is front-page news in the San Francisco Chronicle today, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/08/04/MNJ7RCGOU1.DTL.

Among the individuals who are being championed by Congresswoman Lofgren is a De Anza College student who was born in the Philippines in 1984. His parents were deported for not maintaining their visa status properly, and the student was arrested on May 2. He is in federal custody. His older siblings were allowed to remain in the USA legally because they had become adults during their long residency.

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A measure among the small bills that Representative Lofgren is introducing is a proposal for AmerAsians in certain South Asian countries born since 1950 be granted U.S. citizenship in their countries of birth. Last May this topic was addressed in a meeting in San Jose by the Boat People SOS organization represented by Jean Libby as a volunteer, by San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen, and a dozen residents of San Jose who are AmerAsian. Congresswoman Lofgren promised she would introduce the measure “at the right time” and it would appear that this is that time.

Best wishes to Congresswoman Lofgren in your battles with Republicans to protect human rights at home and with the Communist government to protect them in Vietnam.

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Also in Congress yesterday, Representative Tom Lantos (D – San Mateo), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has opened an inquiry into the conduct of Yahoo when it turned over information to Chinese officials about the pro-democracy journalist Shi Tao. A human rights group has recently published the search warrant presented by China to Yahoo to gain information and it is clear to Congressman Lantos that Yahoo should be investigated for misrepresenting their role in the jailing of Mr. Shi Tao. Additionally, the Sunnyvale (California) web portal is named by human rights groups of complicity with the Chinese government by supplying it with records of several journalists and activists who are now in prison.

Thank you, Congressman Lantos. As a Yahoo client who spends $130 monthly on domain web hosting (including a merchant site), I am following your Congressional investigation closely in order to initiate web hosting changes. My domains and merchant site are not subsidized by any other individual or organization.

Full article link: http://vietamreview.blogharbor.com/blog/_archives/2007/8/4/3139425.html

Jean Libby, editor
VietAm Review
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Open Attachment:

Letter_to_Congresswoman_Lofgren_August_1_.07.pdf

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Vietnam: U.S. Congresswoman Expresses Concern

July 25, 2007

July 24, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) today sent a letter to Vietnamese President Triet, expressing her “serious disappointment regarding the treatment of the peaceful protesters in Ho Chi Minh City on July 18, 2007.” The letter, which calls on the Vietnamese President to personally explain the brutal crackdown on peaceful human rights activists, was also forwarded to Secretary of State Rice. The letter also states that Vietnam is failing to meet the human rights standards that the Unites States expects from its trading partners and that it must make a strong commitment to the promotion of human rights.

  Zoe Lofgren

The complete text of the letter is below:July 24, 2007 His Excellency
President Triet
c/o Embassy of Vietnam
1233 20th Street, NW #400
Washington, DC 20036

Dear President Triet: 

I am writing to express my serious disappointment regarding the treatment of the peaceful protesters in Ho Chi Minh City on July 18, 2007.  It is my understanding that approximately 1,500 Vietnamese police were dispatched to break up a peaceful sit-in of 1,700 peasants.  I have seen reports that approximately 30 peasants were severely injured through acts of violence by the police. 

As a Member of Congress who has advocated for human rights in Vietnam, I am very concerned about these reports of police violence at a peaceful sit-in.  I am especially concerned given that you recently visited with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on June 22 and she expressed to you the importance of human rights in the relationship between the United States and Vietnam.  She and other Members of Congress have made it clear that if the relationship between our two countries is to develop, Vietnam must make a strong commitment to the promotion of human rights. 

In fact, prior to Vietnam’s accession to the World Trade Organization, you and President Bush affirmed that human rights must be an inexorable part of Vietnam’s integration into the world community.  These sentiments were echoed by President Bush during your recent visit to the United States. 

Given the discussion of the importance of human rights at your June 2007 meeting with Speaker Pelosi and Members of Congress, I am disappointed and disturbed by the reports of police brutality in Ho Chi Minh City on July 18, 2007.  I expect to see the Government of Vietnam pay serious attention to human rights.  The continued reports of human rights violations in Vietnam in the recent months are failing to convince the people of the United States that Vietnam meets the human rights standards expected of trading partners and members of the international community. 

I would like to hear from you directly why these violent actions were taken by the police against peaceful protestors.

Respectfully,

Zoe Lofgren

Member of Congress

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