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Vietnam Human Rights Act (HR.1383)

Image result for Vietnam Human Rights Act (HR.1383)Since its start a century ago, Communism is considered one of the greatest disasters of all humankind.

In the 100 years of Communism, 100 million people have been killed, of those, more than 30 million victims died under Joseph Stalin’s regime and 40 million under Mao-Zedong’s. This sad reality continues until present day in countries still under Communist rule: Cuba, North Korea, Laos, China, and Vietnam. The citizens in these countries, denied of the most basic rights of any human being, are yearning for freedom and democracy.

In recent months, people around the world have shown tremendous support to the people of Hongkong who courageously protested against tyranny and challenge China’s blatant violation of the "one country, two systems" arrangement it made with the UK when Hongkong was handed over to China’s control in 1997. Freedom-loving people around the world cheered when the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 was passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump.

The international community strongly condemns gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China, who have been placed under heavy police surveillance. According to a report by the United Nations’ panel of experts, nearly one million Uighurs have been forcefully held in re-education camps. Once again, the United States government proved its role as leader of the free world and passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019.

But few people are aware of a long-time effort to advocate the US Congress to pass the Vietnam Human Rights Act, which the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 was modeled after.

Vietnam, the communist regime whose constitution dictates that Communist Party is the ONLY party to represent the people and lead the country, has committed unimaginable crimes, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, harassment, torture, imprisonment of religious leaders, human rights activists, bloggers, citizen-journalists to suppress their voices. Reporters Without Borders ranked Vietnam 176/180 in the “2019 World Press Freedom Index”. For several consecutive years, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended the US government to put Vietnam on the list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) to be sanctioned for gross violation of religious freedom.

The Vietnam Human Rights Act (HR.1383) includes several requirements related to foreign assistance and aim to protect basic human rights for the victims of Communism in Vietnam. American tax money must not be used to support a brutal regime that stops at nothing to deny its own citizens of their God-given rights. We are still mourning the sacrifice of more than 58 thousand US veterans who lost their lives fighting alongside the South Vietnam ally to protect those very rights. We must honor them and their families by continue to uphold the American values and defend the powerless. We must continue to make American the beacon of hope for people who are living in despair.

The campaign to call for the support for the Vietnam Human Rights Act has been carried out tirelessly for more than ten years by grassroot groups, including non-profit and human right organizations as well as American citizens of Vietnamese descent. The latest version of this bill for the current Congress term (116th) is coded HR.1383. Two of the organizations spearheading the campaign effort are Boat People SOS (https://www.bpsos.org/) and Vietnam Coalition Against Torture (endtorturevn.org). Boat People SOS (BPSOS) is an organization with 40 years history which in the 1980s operated voluntary missions to rescue over 25,000 Vietnamese boat people and from the 1990s until now has grown into a national network of branch offices operating in 8 locations in the U.S which campaigns against human trafficking and provides social services, youth programs, health initiatives, … to communities in the US. Vietnam Coalition Against Torture (VN-CAT) is a grassroot civil society organization advocating against torture and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. VN-CAT has been collaborating closely with other international organizations, the US State Department, the US Embassy and US Consulate in Vietnam, US Commission on International Religious Freedom, …. In addition, VN-CAT has been actively working with the United Nations Human Rights Committee and other UN special procedures to provide evidence, testimonies, and recommendations regarding the dismal religious and human rights situation in Vietnam.

To provide your support for the campaign for the Vietnam Human Rights Act (HR.1383), please write to your US Representative, or you can provide the information required by the office of your Representative to contact them in this web form and a volunteer will send email to the Representative on your behalf and send you a copy for your record. The information you provided in this web form will be kept strictly confidential and can only be used to contact your Members of Congress.

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