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Will President Obama Prioritize the Release of Prisoners of Conscience in Vietnam? 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, May 10, 2016   [open pdf - 645KB]

This is the May 10, 2016 hearing on "Will President Obama Prioritize the Release of Prisoners of Conscience in Vietnam?" 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 Edward R. Royce: "No matter how the administration frames our relationship, the reality, as we all know, is that Vietnam remains a one party Communist state with significant human rights abuses." [...] "According to Human Rights Watch, police still frequently torture suspects to elicit confessions and sometimes use excessive force in responding to protests over evictions, land confiscation - because land grabbing is one of the things the party does - and other social issues. Last year, more than 40 bloggers and rights activists were beaten by plainclothes government agents. Not surprisingly, not one of these thugs who did the beatings was held responsible. Vietnam's penal code criminalizes criticism of the government and abuse of democratic freedoms." [...] "If the United States and Vietnam are to build a stronger relationship, the Vietnamese Government must honor the basic human rights of Vietnamese people with respect to freedom of speech, religion, and assembly. And that is the message the President of the United States needs to send during his upcoming visit." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Vu Minh Khanh.

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Serial No. 114-209; Serial Number 114-209
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2016
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