For Immediate Release
May 16, 2013
Contact: Genie Nguyen
Washington, D.C - Vietnam: On May 16, China started its annual fishing ban in the disputed waters of the Southeast Asian Sea. On the same day, Vietnam sentenced its students to years in prisons for opposing China's aggressiveness.
The livelihood of Vietnamese fishermen in the disputed waters have been threatened by China's fishing ban. Many Vietnamese young women and men have become victims of human trafficking, selling themselves to rescue their families from starvation.
The nine-dashed-line claimed by China covers 80% of the Southeast Asia Sea, encroaching on the Economic Exclusive Zone of many ASEAN countries. Scholars around the world have denounced the legality of this nine-dashed-line map, concluding that it violates the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty.
Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA) condemns the CCP and the CVP for their actions.
VVA calls for the United Nations, ASEAN, and the International Community to demand the CVP to immediately release Nguyen Phuong Uyen and Dinh Nguyen Kha.
VVA calls for the United Nations, ASEAN, and the International Community to demand China to revoke its fishing ban in the disputed waters of the Southeast Asian Sea.