Do Phu Nguyen is a leader for the Democratic Party in Little Saigon. He’s been working towards pressuring the Obama administration to fight for human rights in Vietnam by using trade as a means of bartering for human rights. He leads a wildly successful petition drive and reports on his recent trip to Washington DC…
More than 140,000 Vietnamese Americans signed a petition to ask for the Obama Administration’s assistance in releasing prisoners of conscience in Vietnam. SBTN created a plaque to memorialize this petition and has tendered the plaque to the White House staff to deliver to the President.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) on Monday applauded the reintroduction of the Vietnamese Human Rights Act of 2011 by Congressman Chris Smith. Rep. Sanchez is an original co-sponsor of the bill.
The Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act would impose sanctions on individuals who perpetrate or are complicit in human rights abuses committed against nationals of Vietnam or their family members. Individuals who warrant sanctions would be disqualified from applying for a U.S. visa or taking part in financial or property transactions in the U.S., among other penalties.
Businesses seek to keep under wraps whether they use slave labor in the making of their products or not.
Tran: â€œThereâ€™s a big debate in the community whether sheâ€™s (Loretta Sanchez) effective or not â€“ whether sheâ€™s doing it for lip service or for votes, because the big question is, after 14 years in the House, what substantial and tangible results can she show in terms of advancing Vietnamese democracy and human rights? Show us your accomplishments _ what bills, what legislation, what political prisoners?â€
â€œAs Members of Congress, it is our duty to speak for those who have no voice. We must collectively stand up for the freedom of these activists by urging the Vietnamese government to unconditionally release these activists. We as Members of Congress have an obligation to engage the Government of Vietnam and call on them to uphold and respect human rights by releasing all activists.”