Vietnamese Human Rights Topic of House Hearing
Next Thursday, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House panel on global human rights, will be chairing a hearing entitled “Vietnam: Why Religious Freedom and Human Rights are Critical to U.S. National Interests.” The hearing will provide insight on the current human rights situation in Vietnam and serve as an additional pillar of information prior to the visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
“The Vietnamese Communist government severely restricts religious freedom and the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently recommended that Vietnam be redesignated by the State Department as a ‘Country of Particular Concern,’ the annual blacklist of countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea and Egypt that torture and jail religious believers and severely restrict religious practice,” said Smith. “When the Vietnamese Prime Minister visits the U.S. later this month, the Trump administration has an opportunity to assert that the American people will not subsidize the harsh repression of religious groups, democracy advocates, bloggers and journalists.”
Nguyen Dinh Thang, Ph.D.
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