Tuesday, May 3, 2011

VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS COMMEMORATES WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

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VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS COMMEMORATES
WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY



Washington D.C, May 3, 2011:
On World Press Freedom Day, Voice of Vietnamese Americans celebrates the courage and will of all journalists who have exercised their freedom of the press to create stronger voice for the under-served and under-represented, to bring about social justice, sustainable development, peace, and prosperity.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to honor the freedom of the press, to immediately release all bloggers, journalists, writers, who have been imprisoned for expressing themselves peacefully, using their freedom of the press.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to openly apologize to the poet and publisher Bui Chat, who was detained up to 48 hrs upon returning to Vietnam after being awarded the International Publishers Association's Freedom to Publish Prize for his exemplary courage in upholding freedom to publish.

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 the Press”, to honor its own signature to the United Nations, and to stop its censorship and restrictions of publications.

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 the press. 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.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans condemns this violation of freedom of the press, and strongly urges the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to honor freedom of expression, and to release all 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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