Hearings & Briefings

Continuing Abuse of Human Rights and Religious Freedom

Hearing Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:00 AM 340 Cannon House Office Building

This hearing will take place at 10:00 AM on 5/15/2012, in 340 Cannon House Office Building.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
10:00 AM
340 Cannon House Office Building
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the status of human rights in Vietnam.

At a time when security and economic interests are driving the United States and Vietnam to strengthen relations in many areas, Vietnam continues to abuse the human rights and religious freedom of its own citizens. The Vietnamese government has increasingly used vague national security laws to target peaceful pro-democracy and religious activists as well as human rights lawyers and citizen journalists who dare to expose the government’s violations of basic freedoms. Just last month, an American citizen, Dr. Nguyen Quoc Quan – a pro-democracy activist – was arrested upon arrival in Vietnam and accused of terrorism. In addition, while the Vietnamese Constitution provides for freedom of religion, activities of religious organizations are strictly regulated and disputes have been growing in recent years over the seizure of church and temple land by local governments.

This hearing will explore the challenges faced by democracy activists and religious organizations in Vietnam
Panel 1: Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Panel 2: - Dr. Robert George, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious

Panel 3:
Vo Van Ai, Founder and President of Quê Me: Action for Democracy in Vietnam

Mai Huong Ngo, wife of imprisoned Vietnamese-American Dr. Nguyen Quoc Quan

Phu Do Nguyen, Vice President, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN)

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

James P. McGovern Frank R. Wolf
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC Co-Chair, TLHRC


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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
4150 O'Neill Federal Building
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United States of America

Phone: +1 (202) 225-3599
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