I proudly represent central Orange County and Little Saigon, the home of the largest concentration of Vietnamese outside of the country of Vietnam. I personally have heard many accounts from my constituents of how many of them were held in re-education camps, some more than 20 yearsâ€¦â€
The Orange County Register’s Brian Joseph reported Monday on State Senator Lou Correa’s walk out from the State Senate chambers over a visiting delegation from Vietnam.
From Joseph’s report:
Correa, whose district includes Orange Countyâ€™s Little Saigon, walked off of the Senate Floor just moments before the State Senate formally welcomed the Judiciary Committee of the National Assembly for Vietnam, which is visiting the State Capitol and the United States to study our law to help reform efforts in Vietnam. Several days ago, Correa filed a written protest with Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, stating in part:
There are numerous published reports that describe continuing human rights abuses of Vietnamese citizens by the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
In addition to these reports, I can share with you and the other members of the Rules Committee the personal accounts of many California constituents that demonstrate the governmentâ€™s violations of human rights, freedom of expression, and religious freedom.
A search on the internet will provide volumes of material about how freedom advocates are routinely imprisoned. A recent â€˜World Report 2010â€™ from Human Rights details abhorrent human rights abuses suffered by Vietnamese people at the hands of the government. The report exposes the attacks on rights we hold dear â€“ freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom from torture and many more such abuses of freedoms we declare to be the cornerstones of America.
You go Lou!
Read Joseph’s copmplete story: O.C. lawmaker stages anti-communist walkout