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Vietnam: Why Religious Freedom and Human Rights Are Critical to U.S. National Interests, 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 Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 25, 2017   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the May 25, 2017 hearing on "Vietnam: Why Religious Freedom and Human Rights Are Critical to U.S. National Interests," held before the U.S. 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 Christopher H. Smith: "Over the past 2 years, Human Rights Watch has used the words dismal and abysmal to describe Vietnam's human rights record. Vietnam scored a seven, the lowest score on Freedom House's Freedom in the World index. From sex and labor trafficking to the censorship of the press and the Internet, from restrictions on independent labor unions to severe repression of faith communities, the Vietnamese Government and the Communist Party is one of the world's worst abusers of human rights. [...] The President has a real opportunity to bring about tangible reform to Vietnam and that is why we are meeting. The proximity of this hearing is precisely designed to try to let the President know how important it is that he raise these issues robustly with the Prime Minister." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Quan Q. Nguyen, Nguyen Dinh Thang, and T. Kumar.

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Serial Number 115-32; Serial No. 115-32
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2017
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