Empty and unfounded rhetoric about human rights records are often employed by the communist Vietnamese government on the international stage. In reality, numerous legislations have been passed by the government to further starve off human rights. These are some of the stark contrasts that were highlighted in a report by the United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues Gay McDougall.
Contrary to the claim about freedom of religion and belief to the Human Rights Council by Vietnam’s representative, “all non-recognized organizations are illegal and suppressed by the government”. Ms. McDougall cited the case of the Most Senior Venerable Thich Quang Do, supreme patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam as an example of a continued and ever-intensified campaign to control all aspects of life under the communist rule.
Furthermore, almost 30 years after Vietnam signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the government of Vietnam continues to deceive the international public with its dishonest propaganda.
The full report by The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) can be found at the web address http://www.fidh.org/Viet-Nam-UN-expert-s-report-on-minorities