Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Congressional Caucus urges Vietnam to Release Prisoners of Conscience

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Thursday July 30th: Press Conference with Congressional Caucus on Vietnam

Rep. Sanchez to Join Congressional Caucus in Urging Vietnam’s President to Release Country’s Political, Religious Prisoners

WHAT: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) and the other Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam will hold a press conference calling on Nguyen Minh Triet, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to release the country’s prisoners of conscience on Thursday, July 30th from 10:30am to 11:30am in room, 1539 Longworth House Office Building.

Based on information from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and international human rights advocacy organizations, the Caucus has identified at least 100 individuals who are currently being detained in Vietnam for the peaceful expression of political or religious views. Many of these individuals were arrested under vague national security laws which do not conform to international human rights standards. The release of these prisoners of conscience would be an important gesture of global leadership as Vietnam prepares to assume the Presidency of the UN Security Council.

If you have any questions, please contact Annie Yea at annie.yea@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2965.

WHO: Speakers include:
• Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
• Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ)
• Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
• Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA)
• Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA)
• Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
• Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA)
• Representatives from various human rights advocacy organizations

WHEN: Thursday, July 30, 2009
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (EST)

WHERE: 1539 Longworth
Washington, DC

** Media please RSVP and arrive by 10:00 AM EST **

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