Group of U.S. Congressmen has once again misunderstood Vietnam


Once again, some extreme U.S. Congressmen have supported for an act that goes against the reality of human rights situation in Vietnam. On March 1st, 2017 Congressman Alan Lowenthal and other co-chairs Congressmen Chris Smith, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and members Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Lou Correa and Rep. Gerry Connolly of so-called the U.S. Congressional Vietnam Caucus joined together in a letter to Secretary Tillerson written by Congressman Lowenthal himself.
In the letter, Congressman Lowenthal highlighted some of the challenges in Vietnam. These include human rights abuses such as numerous Vietnamese activists being held as prisoners of conscience by the Vietnamese government, from human rights lawyers to bloggers to religious leaders. But who are they? Nguyen Cong Chinh, a Lutheran pastor, Nguyen Van Dai, a law-violated lawyer, Thich Quang Do, an extreme Buddha’s dignitary, that all were jailed for violating Vietnamese laws and causing chaos and damages to the country’s national security and have been handled in accordance with the Vietnamese laws.
Another challenge highlighted in the letter is a massive environmental catastrophe in Vietnam caused by illegal dumping of toxic materials from a plant owned by the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation, a Taiwanese company operating in Vietnam. This unexpected disaster totally belongs to Vietnam’s internal affairs, and if the country might want other state engaging like that. The Vietnamese government has responsed quickly to recover environment and support the people in the four central provinces. But these Congressmen do not know or do not want to know. According to them, in the letter, they claimed that Vietnam’s authorities have refused to investigate the matter, and crackdowned on public protests regarding the event all harmed some of the poorest and most vulnerable Vietnamese. That’s baseless and so absurd.
 This move brings no good for Vietnamese people and for Vietnam-U.S. relationship. We hope that Mr. Rex Tillerson and public opinions would be vigilant enough to see through all this nonsense. These allegation just nourish for hostile forces and anti-Vietnamese elements to cry out for their benefits. These Congressmen should focus on their jobs to facilitate the two country’s relations not to interfere with an independent state, even under the name of human rights and democracy./.
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MaskOf Zero 9/3/17 14:57

These congressmen should come to Vietnam to see the reality, the achievements on human rights and religious freedom the country has made recent years.

Only Solidar 9/3/17 14:59

I think there are some U.S. extreme congressmen are stubborn to accept Vietnam's developments on human rights and democracy.

Pack Cassiopian 9/3/17 15:01

Stop using human rights as an allegation to intervening in other country's internal affairs.

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