“Now the Vietnamese have their desired trade status, yet they continue to harass and detain individuals who promote democracy, human rights and religious freedom.”
That’s what our own fabulous Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Someone Who Cares) told The Register about the lack of religious freedom in Vietnam, even as the US signs onto trade deals with the repressive regime. Yesterday, a group of bipartisan lawmakers (including Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-San Jose], Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-Surf City HB], and others) called on the White House to put Vietnam back on the State Department’s Countries of Concern list on religious freedom. At a hearing on the state of human rights in Vietnam, lawmakers told a Foreign Affairs subcommittee that despite Vietnam being granted most favored nation trading status and admitted into the World Trade Organization, human rights abuses have worsened.
So what do YOU think the US should do about the lack of political progress in Vietnam?Do you agree with our own Rep. Sanchez and other Congresscritters that the State Department should put Vietnam back on the “Countries of Concern” list? Or is the Bush Administration right in saying that everything really is improving in Vietnam? Has the US gone too far in doing too many trade deals with the repressive regime slamming down its iron fist in Vietnam? Or will “free trade” alone improve the political situation?
I want to hear what you have to say about US policy toward Vietnam, so go ahead and have your say. Is the Bush Administration right in doing trade with Vietnam? Or are we improperly “rewarding” a regime that isn’t matching its “free enterprise” with a free and open democratic government? Let’s talk about it.