Monday, April 4, 2011

VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS URGES VIETNAM TO HONOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE LAWYER CU HUY HA VU AND ALL OTHER DISSIDENTS

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For Immediate Release
April 4, 2011
Contact: Genie Nguyen
703-593-7182


VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS
URGES VIETNAM TO HONOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION,
TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE LAWYER CU HUY HA VU
AND ALL OTHER DISSIDENTS IMPRISONED
FOR EXERCISING THEIR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS



Washington D.C, USA – Saigon, Vietnam:
On April 4th 2011, after 5 months having jailed lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu for expressing his legal views and advices to his own clients and media, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam eventually decided to sentence the most respected and most popular lawyer of Vietnam to seven years in prison followed by 3 years house arrest. Voice of Vietnamese Americans strongly objects this violation of the basic universal human right: “Freedom of Expression”, which Vietnam has signed-on to when it joined the United Nations. Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges Vietnam to honor “Freedom of Expression”, to honor its own signature to the United Nations, and to immediately release lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu and all other dissidents being jailed because of having exercised their basic human rights.

Multiple cases of severe corruptions including the most current Vinashin scandal, the Securency affair, the notorious PMU-18 affair, the abusing power of all State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), have flourished into a systemic dilemma as the Communist Party of Vietnam continues to oppress freedom of speech. Consequentially, the Communist Party of Vietnam has pushed the Vietnamese People into economic crisis, education crisis, health care crisis, environmental crisis, security crisis, and most importantly, putting Vietnam’s sovereignty at risks.

Lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu, who earned his law degree from France, with his good citizen conscience, has provided legal advices to his clients and the Vietnamese people at large. The Communist Party of Vietnam when abused its monopolized power to sentence a respectable lawyer to seven years in jail has stepped over its bounds and therefore, has lost its legitimacy to govern a nation with established tradition of honoring intellectual wisdom. The Communist Party of Vietnam has undermined the voice of its own people by this very act of oppressing freedom of expression. The Communist Party of Vietnam has violated the Constitution of Vietnam (Article 69), and violated the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which it has committed to uphold.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans condemns this violation of basic human rights, and strongly urges the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to honor freedom of expression, to immediately release lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu, and to release all other dissidents imprisoned for exercising their basic human rights.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans stands in solidarity with the Vietnamese People in their quest for human rights, civil rights, democracy, liberty, and justice for all.


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The mission of Voice of Vietnamese Americans is to empower Vietnamese Americans by promoting civic engagement through community organizing and capacity building. Voice of Vietnamese Americans enhances, defends, and protects the American core values of human rights, civil rights, democracy, liberty, and justice for all.


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