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President's Visit to Vietnam: A Missed Opportunity to Advance Human Rights, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 22, 2016   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the June 22, 2016 hearing on "President's Visit to Vietnam: A Missed Opportunity to Advance Human Rights" held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Christopher H. Smith: "Shockingly, during his recent trip, President Obama gave up the U.S. arms embargo. In other words, the U.S. is poised to provide lethal weapons to a brutal dictatorship that jails and tortures dissidents." [...] "His visit was an epic failure of diplomacy. The President has said repeatedly that he wants to rise above history and heal wounds with America's old adversaries. But that is not done by signing bad deals with dictators, giving them lethal weapons, and getting nothing in return." [...] "It is for this reason that I am asking and making another push to pass legislation that I have authored known as the Vietnam Human Rights Act. This bill has passed four times only to be blocked in the Senate - first time back in the year 2004. The bipartisan Vietnam Human Rights Act will restore the right priorities to U.S. policy toward Vietnam and will limit U.S. non-humanitarian assistance that goes to Vietnam until there are concrete human rights protections." [...] "U.S. policy must send the unmistakable message to the Government of Vietnam that human rights improvements are important to better relations critically linked to our mutual economic and security interests and will not be ignored nor will they be bargained away. The President failed to send this message. It is up to the Congress and the next administration, although there are some months remaining in this one, to restore the right priorities to the U.S.-Vietnam relations." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Rmah Loan, Katie Duong, Nguyen Dinh Thang, and T. Kumar.

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Serial No. 114-213, Serial Number 114-213
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2016
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Public Domain
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