Saturday, March 3, 2012
First Time in History: 100 Vietnamese Americans Invited to the White House to Voice Concerns of Human Rights Violations in Vietnam
First Time in History: 100 Vietnamese Americans Invited to the White House to Voice Concerns of Human Rights Violations in Vietnam, thanks to President Obama and his administration with the commitment to open doors for all Americans to get engaged through "We the People" Petitioning website.
“My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and efffectiveness in government.” — President Barack Obama
Voice of Vietnamese Americans congratulates President Obama and his Administration for the exemplary idea of opening "We The People" petitioning website, for all citizens to make their voices heard. Voice of Vietnamese Americans congratulates our Vietnamese American Community for taking an active role in engaging with the President.
Voice of Vietnamese Americans condemns the CPV for its violations of human rights in Vietnam. Voice of Vietnamese Americans advocates for the US to lend stronger supports to the people of Vietnam, in education, human development, trading, better governance and better social justice system.
Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges Vietnam to improve its human rights, to amend its constitution, to reform its governance system, and to respect the rule of law.
Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges Vietnam to honor labor laws and trade laws, to reform its SoEs, to support its SMEs, and to protect the environment in TPP Negotiation
Voice of Vietnamese Americans Urges the US to Lend Stronger Supports to the Vietnamese People While Condemning the CPV for Violating Human Rights
Voice of Vietnamese Americans Urges Vietnam to Improve its Human Rights, to Reform its SOEs, and to Protect the Environment in TPP Negotiation
CBS NEWS TALKS ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE PETITION OF TRUC HO - MARCH 3, 2012
CBS Interviewing Truc Ho, CEO of SBTN, who started the petition on "We the People" petition site at the White House: "We want America to guide the Vietnamese government to the basic human rights."
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Thỉnh nguyện thư đòi nhân quyền cho VN đánh động sự quan tâm của chính quyền Mỹ
Tiếng nói của cộng đồng người Việt tại Mỹ đánh động sự quan tâm của chính quyền Hoa Kỳ qua chiến dịch thỉnh nguyện thư gửi tới Tòa Bạch Ốc mang tên We The People, kêu gọi ngưng mở rộng giao thương với Việt Nam nếu Hà Nội không chịu cải thiện nhân quyền. Trang mạng thỉnh nguyện thư We The People do Tòa Bạch Ốc khởi xướng, và chiến dịch thỉnh nguyện thư kêu gọi nhân quyền cho Việt Nam do các cộng đoàn người Việt ở Mỹ thực hiện. Trong vòng 1 tháng, chiến dịch đã thu được hơn 100 ngàn chữ ký, đa phần từ giới trẻ, tức vượt gấp 4 lần so với số chữ ký yêu cầu là 25 ngàn để được Tòa Bạch Ốc trả lời. 100 người ký thỉnh nguyện thư được mời tới Tòa Bạch Ốc ngày 5/3 để nghe hồi đáp chính thức từ chính quyền của Tổng thống Obama.
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Hiện tượng Việt Khang và cuộc vận động cho Nhân quyền VN
LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM VOICE OF VIETNAMESE
His Excellency Barack Obama
President, the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500
March 1, 2012
Dear Mr. President:
Thank you for the opportunity to come to you and express our concerns, as the people of the United States of America.
My name is Genie Giao Nguyen, President of Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA), a non-profit organization, with the mission to empower the public by promoting civic engagement, community organizing, and capacity building. Established in 2009, VVA operates in Virginia, Washington D.C, Maryland, with liaisons in California, Florida, Nevada, Texas, and Washington State.
I am writing this letter on behalf of our members, Voice of Vietnamese Americans, and I speak on behalf of the national interests of the United States as well as the crucial long-term interests of Vietnam and its people.
I applaud the President’ s focus in Jobs for Americans, with the blueprint of an America built to last, based heavily on manufacturing, exporting goods to the global market. As the President made the point of pivoting to Asia and the Pacific with the Trans-Pacific-Partnerships, I believe Vietnamese Americans can support this approach with a definite role in promoting US – Vietnam trading relation.
The Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) will promote jobs for Americans, while strengthening our core values of social equity, social justice in Vietnam, and thus help the people of Vietnam to have the opportunities they deserve to build a sustainable democratic future. Only then, can Vietnam be a true partner with the US to participate in the global geo-eco-political strategy.
Vietnamese Americans can help to improve human rights in Vietnam by promoting US-Vietnam relations, supporting dialogue about human rights issues, and educating the Vietnamese of our own rights that the government cannot violate. After 15 years of US-Vietnam normalized relationship, the people of Vietnam have enjoyed much better living standards and have exercised their human rights, civil rights at much more assertive, expressive ways. We should continue to support this approach.
We urge the US to lend stronger supports to the Vietnamese people, while condemning the CPV for its human rights violations, and we request immediate release of all prisoners of conscience.
Voice of Vietnamese Americans advocates for the US to lend stronger support to the people of Vietnam, in education, human development, trading, better governance and better social justice system.
The rise of China, its aggressions in the South China Sea, and its surplus funding offering to the CPV have created a very different situation for Vietnam, the Vietnamese people, Vietnamese Americans, the United States, and the world. China would like the US to back out of Vietnam. And the CPV would still have the surplus funding from the Communist Party of China. Only the people of Vietnam suffer, as they have been suffering for decades while the CPV members are getting richer and richer.
We should not punish the whole nation with 90 million people for the actions of a few. Stop trading with Vietnam is not the strategic choice the US should take. Having Vietnam sanctioned by the US is NOT the best solution for the Vietnamese People. Voice of Vietnamese Americans opposes this approach. Being unable to receive support from the US can push Vietnam further into the influence of China, which can affect Vietnam’s sovereignty and may lead to serious consequences to the future of Vietnam as well as the power of the US in the Pacific Ocean.
Anyone who violates human rights should be punished accordingly. It is very wrong to stop trading with Vietnam for the actions of some members of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Rather, the CPV should be held accountable for its actions. A party is not the nation. Three million members of the CPV, in all aspects, have no right to neither represent nor oppress 90 million people.
While sharing the concerns about Vietnam’s human rights violations with almost 114,000.00 petitioners, Voice of Vietnamese Americans stands in solidarity with the 1,434,449
Vietnamese Americans in the nation to promote expanding trade with Vietnam, using better terms in the TPP negotiation.
Voice of Vietnamese Americans would love to see a democratic Vietnam who aligns with the US and the World. Voice of Vietnamese Americans advocates for the US Congress to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to approve of US intervention in Vietnam and the South China Sea. Mr. President, I applaud your proclamation that the United States is a Pacific nation.
Voice of Vietnamese Americans supports your approach, as you have made it very clear in the Presidential Inauguration Speech 2009:
"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.
And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.”
(Excerpt from President Obama Inauguration Speech 2009) *
On behalf of Vietnamese Americans and 90 million Vietnamese in Vietnam, I thank you for your conviction and kind consideration. We look forward to establishing a long lasting working relationship with you and your administration.
Genie Giao Nguyen,
President, Voice of Vietnamese Americans