Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Statement of Senator Webb on Conviction of Vietnamese Democracy Activists


Senator Jim Webb

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jessica Smith – 202-228-5185
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Annie Hughes – 202-224-4447

Statement of Senator Webb on Conviction of Vietnamese Democracy Activists

Washington, DC– U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today issued the following statement in response to the conviction of Vietnamese democracy activists under charges of state subversion. Senator Webb serves as chairman of the East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“I am concerned by the Government of Vietnam’s sentencing of Le Cong Dinh, Nguyen Tien Trung, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, and Le Thang Long under charges of state subversion. The arrest and trial of these individuals illustrates the growing pressure in Asia towards government censorship and authoritarian control. The emergence of this trend underscores the need for the United States to demonstrate through our words and deeds the benefits that can be gained from a free society.

“Moreover, these trials underscore the need for high-level engagement with the Government of Vietnam on human rights issues. Rather than isolate Vietnam for its actions, I encourage the Obama Administration to continue to raise issues of freedom of association and rule of law with the Government of Vietnam, and consistently advocate for the protection of internationally-recognized individual rights.”


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