RESOLUTION CONDEMNING VIETNAM FOR ABUSING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PASSED U.S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE.
December 17, 2010.
Today, the U.S House of Representatives passed Resolution H.Res. 20 calling on the U.S government to put Vietnam back to the Country of Particular Concerns (CPC) list for egregious violations of religious freedom.
Representative Ed Royce, who authored the Resolution, said the passing of the Resolution which was first introduced in January, 2009, is “a victory for the countless of Vietnamese citizens who continue to face government harassment for practicing their beliefs.” In an interview with Vietnamese RFA program on December 16, Representative Royce said the most important reason to re-designate Vietnam as a CPC is “freedom in Vietnam”. Having witnessed grave violations of religious freedom against the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), Hoa Hao Buddhist Church, and other religions, the author of the Resolution realized that he and his colleagues had to protect the fighters for religious freedom in Vietnam by applying pressure against the communist regime of Vietnam.
The Resolution, considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, December 15, condemns the government of Socialist Republic of Vietnam for its ongoing and blatant abuses of religious freedom in Vietnam. Religious freedom in Vietnam remains under relentless attacks from the government who in the past year increasingly turned to the underground world to act as it hired guns in coercing believers to practice religions according to the government policy.
The Resolution chided the House for not passing it earlier, calls upon the State Department to list the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as a CPC, and calls for legal and political reform in Vietnam to protect religious freedom.
In the same interview with RFA, Royce also mentioned about the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, Supreme Patriarch of the UBCV, whom he had met and whom has been either imprisoned or placed under administrative house arrest more than 30 years; and Father Nguyen Van Ly, who was interrogated and tortured hundreds of times.
For more information about Resolution H. Res. 20, please visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:H.Res20: