Vietnam: Continuing Abuse of Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the status of human rights in Vietnam.
At a time when security and economic interests are driving the United States and Vietnam to strengthen relations in many areas, Vietnam continues to abuse the human rights and religious freedom of its own citizens. The Vietnamese government has increasingly used vague national security laws to target peaceful pro-democracy and religious activists as well as human rights lawyers and citizen journalists who dare to expose the government’s violations of basic freedoms. Just last month, an American citizen, Dr. Nguyen Quoc Quan – a pro-democracy activist – was arrested upon arrival in Vietnam and accused of terrorism. In addition, while the Vietnamese Constitution provides for freedom of religion, activities of religious organizations are strictly regulated and disputes have been growing in recent years over the seizure of church and temple land by local governments.
This hearing will explore the challenges faced by democracy activists and religious organizations in Vietnam.
If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Dr. Robert George, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
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