Tuesday, October 4, 2011

VVA Urges Vietnam to Immediately Release Falun Gong Practitioners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Genie Nguyen
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Phone: 703-593-7182


Voice of Vietnamese Americans Statement

VVA Urges Vietnam to Immediately Release Falun Gong Practitioners

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion
and UN Declaration of Human Rights Must be Honored


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct 4, 2011) -- Voice of Vietnamese Americans stands in solidarity with several social justice groups that condemn the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) for taking orders from the Communist Party of China (CPC) in imprisoning the peaceful Falun Gong Practitioners Vu Duc Trung and Le Van Thanh.

VVA urges the CPV to honor freedom of speech and freedom of religion and immediately release the two Falun Gong Practitioners, as well as all other dissidents, in observance of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Falun Gong is a peaceful and spiritual discipline that places a heavy emphasis on morality and the cultivation of virtue in its central tenets of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Falun Gong identifies itself as the essential combination of Buddhism and Taoism.

Religious tolerance has been embedded in Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This practice of respect flourished during the Ly’s dynasty in Vietnam and has led to the golden era of Vietnamese Culture.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans condemns the Communist Party of Vietnam for obeying the order of the Communist Party of China, an egregious violation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to honor Vietnamese culture and rich history of religious tolerance and denounce all inhumane orders from the Communist Party of China, to truly be independent in any decisions made at the state level.

The People of China and the People of Vietnam demand a new era of freedom, democracy, and sustainable economic growth with human rights and equal 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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