SAN JOSE, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
In advance of her arrival in Hanoi July 21, 2010 to attend the 43rd ASEAN
Ministerial Meeting, Dr. Ngai Nguyen, the Vice Secretary of the Democratic Party
of Vietnam, (DPV) asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the
recent conviction and imprisonment of activists while in Vietnam.
Dr. Ngai urged Secretary of State Clinton and the U.S. Congress to “increase
your dialogue with the Vietnam government and express our serious concerns about
Vietnam`s ongoing religious and human rights violations and insist they take
meaningful steps to advance religious freedom and related human rights in
Vietnam.” Dr. Ngai particularly noted the refusal of the Vietnam court to reduce
the sentences of recently imprisoned Le Cong Dinh and Tran Huynh Duy Thuc.
According to Dr. Ngai, “these individuals and many others have been imprisoned
merely for expressing the peaceful expression of their beliefs.”
It is expected Secretary Clinton, while in Hanoi, will meet with the President
of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh Triet and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to discuss
improved human rights in Vietnam.
Dr. Ngai Nguyen, on behalf of The Democratic Party of Vietnam, thanked Secretary
Clinton for her continued interest in improving human rights and releasing all
political prisoners in Vietnam, and urged the State Department, if sufficient
progress is not made, to re-designate Vietnam a `Country of Particular Concern`
for its gross violations of human rights and religious freedom.
Central Executive Committee, Democratic Party of Vietnam
Dr. Ngai X. Nguyen, Vice Secretary, Overseas Office
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