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.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, introduced House Resolution 216, calling on Vietnamâ€™s government to respect the Vietnamese peopleâ€™s right to free speech and open internet access.
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.
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€œEach year, approximately 800,000 individuals are trafficked across U.S. and international borders. These victims, most of whom are women, are routinely sold into domestic servitude, exploited for commercial sex, or forced into labor at factories and sweatshops. These abuses are a serious violation of fundamental human rights and must be stopped.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.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, today announced that her visa application was ignored by Vietnam’s government. Rep. Sanchez, who just concluded a Congressional Delegation visit throughout critical parts of Southeast Asia, had hoped to meet with Vietnamese human rights activists and other officials during her trip.Â Rep. Sanchez has been blocked from visiting the Communist country multiple times during her time in Congress.