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Vietnamese Calling for Democracy, Rule of Law

December 29, 2007
Buddhist dissident Thich Quang Do calls for democratic rights and freedoms to guarantee territorial integrity in Vietnam
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PARIS, 28th December 2007 (IBIB) – In the wake of widespread demonstrations staged by students and young people outside Chinese Embassies in Hanoi and Saigon, and strong protests by the Vietnamese community overseas, the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, prominent dissident and Deputy leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) has issued a strong statement on the controversy over the disputed Paracel and Spratly archipelagos. Sent clandestinely from the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Saigon, it was received by the International Buddhist Information Bureau in Paris today.Writing on behalf of the UBCVâ’s Bi-Cameral leadership (the Institute of the Sangha and the Institute for the Dissemination of the Dharma), Thich Quang Do called on the Hanoi authorities to “pass the reins of power to the people in a society based on the separation of the three powers, multi-party democracy and the rule of law” as the best way to safeguard Vietnam’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.Because “three million Communist Party members and a 500,000-strong army have neither the authority nor the power to defend the homeland by military means, nor sufficient prestige and courage to expand political and diplomatic efforts to mobilize international support in our defence: they need the full participation of the 85 million Vietnamese population and the support of the Vietnamese Diaspora worldwide.”

As a first step, Hanoi must “immediately abrogate Article 4 of the Vietnamese Constitution [on the political monopoly of the Communist Party], and enable all sectors of the Vietnamese population, including all religious and political families, to freely and fully participate in the process of national salvation.”

The UBCV Deputy leader also called on Hanoi to summon the people for a “Dien Hong” Conference for the XXIst century to “initiate a process of reconciliation and democratic change.

Thich Quang Do emphasized the role of Buddhism as an essential element in this process :  “With our responsibility as Vietnamese citizens, and as representatives of a religion that has contributed to the foundation and development of our nation over the past 2,000 years, the Council of the Bi-Cameral Institute of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam cannot stand by silently whilst our country is in danger. We therefore solemnly appeal to the Vietnamese intelligentsia, inside and outside Vietnam, to stand together and rally forces to save our nation. The Council of the Bi-Cameral Institute of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam pledges to give its active support to every peaceful effort to protect our homeland and our people.”

Conclusion: With our responsibility as Vietnamese citizens, and as representatives of a religion that has contributed to the foundation and development of our nation over the past 2,000 years, the Council of the Bi-Cameral Institute of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam cannot stand by silently whilst our country is in danger. We therefore call upon the Vietnamese intelligentsia, inside and outside Vietnam, to stand together and rally forces to save our nation. The Council of the Bi-Cameral Institute of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam pledges to give its active support to every peaceful effort to protect our homeland and our people.For more information see:
INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST INFORMATION BUREAU
(BUREAU INTERNATIONAL D’INFORMATION BOUDDHISTE)
Official information service of Vien Hoa Dao, Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam
B.P. 63 – 94472 Boissy Saint Léger cedex (France) – Tel.: Paris (331) 45 98 30 85
Fax : Paris (331) 45 98 32 61 – E-mail : ubcv.ibib@buddhist.com

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Vietnam Sovereignty: Danger Signals
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