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Vietnam crackdown on human rights sparks call to action
  • Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP)--The United States should compel Vietnam to reverse its crackdown on human rights that occurred after the communist regime received favorable treatment from Washington, witnesses said at a recent congressional hearing.

Southern Baptist church-state specialist Richard Land testified on behalf of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, reiterating the panel's recommendation that Vietnam be returned to a list of the world's worst violators of religious liberty and urging Congress to support human rights in the Southeast Asian country.

Posted on 21 Nov 2007
European Parliament resolution on Vietnam
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European Parliament resolution on Vietnam

2007-07-12 | European Parliament | European Parliament

The European Parliament,

-- having regard to its previous resolutions on Vietnam,

-- having regard to the statement by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on 15 May 2007 on the jailing of human rights activists in Vietnam,

-- having regard to the Cooperation Agreement of 1995 between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,

-- having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Vietnam in 1982,

-- having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,
Posted on 20 Nov 2007
In an Open Letter to Vietnamese Prime Minister, FIDH and Vietnam Committee on Human Rights call on Vietnam to respect human rights as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council
2007-10-25 | | Vietnam Committee

PARIS, 25 October 2007 (VIETNAM COMMITTEE) - Recalling the recent crack-down on pro-democracy activists and rural protesters in Vietnam, Ms. Souhayr Belhassen, President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Mr. Vo Van Ai, President of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (both Paris-based) sent an Open Letter to Vietnamese President Nguyen Tan Dung calling on Vietnam to take concrete measures to improve its human rights record as part of its international responsibilities as a Non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sole candidate for the Asian seat, Vietnam was elected to Security Council on 16 October at the UN General Assembly in New York. It will serve for 2 years, beginning on 1st January 2008.
Posted on 30 Oct 2007
Venerable Thich Quang Do holds prayer service in Saigon for the monks and people of Burma, and urges Vietnamese to stage peaceful protests outside Burmese Embassies to call for an end to the bloodshed and a dialogue with democratic opposition
PARIS, 2 October 2007 (IBIB) - The International Buddhist Information Bureau has received an “Announcement” from the Very Venerable Thich Quang Do, Deputy leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) calling on Vietnamese Buddhist clergy at home and abroad to organize prayers and vigils for the Buddhist monks and civilians killed, wounded and arrested in Burma in the recent demonstrations, and appealing to leaders of all different religions to join the UBCV in inter-faith prayers for peace. Thich Quang Do also called upon Vietnamese from all religious and political affiliations to stage peaceful protests outside Burmese Embassies in their countries to call on the Burma/Myanmar military junta to “stop the blood-shed and open a dialogue with the democratic opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi”.
Posted on 30 Oct 2007
At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Global Civil Society Democracy Movement denounces Vietnams candidacy to the Security Council before the UN Democracy Caucus
2007-10-01 | | Vietnam Committee

NEW YORK, 1st October 2007 (VIETNAM COMMITTEE) - In an Oral Statement to Ministers of over 100 member-states of the United Nations Democracy Caucus meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York today (Monday 1st October), the Non-governmental International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies called on the world’s democratic nations not to give their votes to Libya and Vietnam as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. The two countries are standing for election for the period 2008-2009. Although they are “clean-slate” cases (i.e. their seats are not contested), they must nevertheless obtain a two-thirds majority vote of General Assembly members to be elected. The vote takes place on 16th October 2007
Posted on 30 Oct 2007
European Parliament Resolution on Freedom of Religion in Vietnam

2003-11-21

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Texts Adopted by Parliament
Provisional Edition : 20/11/2003

Vietnam: freedom of religion
P5_TA-PROV(2003)0526

European Parliament resolution on Vietnam
The European Parliament,

- having regard to its previous resolutions on Vietnam, in particular those of 16 November 2000(1), 5 July 2001 on religious freedom in Vietnam(2) and 15 May 2003(3),

- having regard to the Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam of 17 July 1995, Article 1 of which lays down respect for human rights and democratic principles as the basis for cooperation,

..........

Posted on 06 May 2007
Vietnam: Religious Freedom Report (2003)

Both the Constitution and government decrees provide for freedom of worship; however, the Government continued to restrict significantly those publicly organized activities of religious groups that were not recognized by the Government or that it declared to be at variance with state laws and policies. Although some non-recognized groups faced relatively few restrictions in practice, their status remained technically illegal. The Government generally allowed persons to practice individual worship in the religion of their choice, and participation in religious activities throughout the country continued to grow significantly. However, strict restrictions on the hierarchies and clergy of religious groups remained in place, and the Government maintained supervisory control of the recognized religions, in part because the Communist Party (CPV) fears that not only organized religion but any organized group outside its control or supervision may weaken its authority and influence by serving as political, social, and spiritual alternatives to the authority of the central Government.

Posted on 06 May 2007
The Religions of Vietnam
 To Americans the swastika is the symbol of the worst man can do to man. But to many Vietnamese a similar sign is one of the most sacred of religious symbols.
So simple and yet so great can be misunderstandings between Americans and Vietnamese unless we as visitors seek to know more about the people among whom we live, work and fight.

MACV Office of Information APO 96222
Command Information Pamphlet 11-67
April 1968

Posted on 06 May 2007
Vietnam: Action Needed Now to End Religious Persecution

Vietnam Blacklisted as One of the Worst Violators of Religious Rights

(New York, February 28, 2005) -- The U.S. needs to spell out specific actions that Vietnam should take to improve its dismal religious rights record, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The U.S. is currently engaged in talks with Vietnam over its designation as one of the worst violators of religious rights in the world.

Posted on 06 May 2007
Vietnam - Religion

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The Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, adopted in 1980, proclaims that "citizens enjoy freedom of worship, and may practice or not practice a religion" but that "no one may misuse religions to violate state laws or policies." Despite the Constitution's ostensible protection of the practice of the religion, the status of such was precarious in Vietnam in late 1987.

Posted on 06 May 2007

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