Archive for the ‘nonviolent democratic change’ Category

House ties Vietnam aid to human rights

September 18, 2007

By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Future increases in U.S. nonhumanitarian aid to Vietnam would 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 Hanoi,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., sponsor of the legislation.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith (US politician)

Read the rest at:

Related essays:

June 22, 2007
“Of two minds on Vietnam”
The Washington Times

June 26, 2007
“Vietnam: Two sides to Triet’s US visit”
Asia Times

Nguyễn Minh Triết
Nguyễn Minh Triết
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.