Monday, November 22, 2010

Vietnamese Americans in Virginia request Senator Webb to make a statement regarding the escalated human rights violations in Vietnam

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The Honorable Jim Webb
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


November 22, 2010


Dear Senator Jim Webb,

On behalf of Vietnamese Americans in Virginia, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, with many blessings in return for your kindness and generosity.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans would like to express our sincere thanks to your dedication and conviction to working tirelessly for a free, democratic, and prosperous Vietnam, while trying very hard to secure the stability and to protect its sovereignty against Chinese invasion from all fronts, with the increased pressure on the Southeast Asian Sea. We certainly trust that you are a key person with an unequivocal role in striking the balance between values and interests to promote the relationship between US and Vietnam.

On November 16, your calling for release of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, Dr. Liu Xiaobo, was very inspiring to Vietnamese human rights activists. On November 13, your statement about the recent release of Aung San Suu Kyi while emphasizing the hope for reconciliation of conflicts in Myanmar had also addressed a similar pressing need in Vietnam.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans respectfully requests your role in making a statement condemning the current escalated human rights violations in Vietnam. Recent violations include a series of suppressions of the Evangelical Mennonite in Quảng Ngãi throughout the month of October, the sentencing of Catholic practitioners on October 27 for attending a funeral in Cồn Dầu, and a fresh crackdown against bloggers and activists nationwide. In the latest arrest on November 5th, Cu Huy Ha Vu, a prominent Vietnamese lawyer, was held for practicing laws, exercising his freedom of speech and freedom of expression, with the charge of “propaganda against the state”, because he had advocated a multi-party system.

We respectfully request you to openly call for the release of attorney Cu Huy Ha Vu and all dissidents being jailed unlawfully by the Vietnamese communist government, and for them to respect the universal human rights as set forth by the United Nations, of which Vietnam is a member.

We also would like to request your role in urging for more attention brought forth by the U.S. State Department on human rights concerns as expressed by President Barack Obama, as well as by Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton to the Vietnamese Communist Government during her visit. These strong concerns represent our true intention and conviction in promoting a free and democratic Vietnam.

During this holiday season, when we receive the blessing of being with our families, we cannot rest but think about our fellow human rights activists, who are still being kept in cold jails, away from their loved ones, while being harassed by a government the United States supports.

As Americans, we believe that a free, democratic, prosperous Vietnam would be in alignment with our American national interests. As Vietnamese Americans, we have high expectations that while attaining American national interests in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, we also would uphold the American core values in these countries: that of democracy, liberty and justice for all.

The Vietnamese Americans in Virginia are very blessed with having the opportunity to vote for Senator Webb to represent us. More than just voting, we would like to be engaged and support our government in achieving the goals set forth for our nation. We believe Vietnamese Americans can be of great resources in easing the transitional phase of Vietnam, from a totalitarian, communist country, into a free, democratic, and prosperous nation who will be a strong alliance to the US in Southeast Asia.

We look forward for a favorable response from you,


Sincerely Yours,



Genie Giao Nguyên
Chair, Voice of Vietnamese Americans



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