Stop Vietnam from Violating Human Rights & Colonizing Southeast Asia
As representatives of victims of Vietnam’s expansionist, land-grabbing policies against the populations of Cambodia, Laos, and the indigenous people in Vietnam (i.e. Khmer Krom community, the Degar community, and the Montagnards), we, concerned US citizens, are organizing a rally to protest the visit of top Vietnamese Communist Party leaders and government officials as scheduled below:
When: Friday, June 26th, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: The Capitol Hill (West Park Area) near Russell Senate office Bldg
Between Constitution Ave NW, Delaware Ave NE and New Jersey Ave NW
All concerned citizens are invited to join Cambodian Community leaders, the Cambodian National Rescue Foundation, the Khmer People Network for Cambodia, Khmer Krom Federation, the Union for Lao Nation, the Laotian Human Rights Council, and the Degar Foundation to urge our Congress and President to
Put pressure on Vietnam’s authoritarian government to respect freedom of religion and freedom of expression of the indigenous people in Vietnam
- Stop all arm sales to Vietnam’s authoritarian government
- Ban Vietnam’s authoritarian government from joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement as long as it continues its unethical economic practices, which are incompatible with our democratic free enterprise economy, and provides unfair competition to US businesses
- Stop Vietnam from spraying dangerous chemical defoliants to destroy Cambodian farmer’s crop in Cambodia territory for land-grabbing purposes.
A protest demonstration will be taking place on Friday, June 26 in connection with the upcoming visit to the United States on July 10 of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong. The purpose of the demonstration is to bring attention to a wide variety of human rights and humanitarian abuses being carried out by the government of Vietnam that need to be addressed in conjunction with Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit. Currently, the governments of the US and Vietnam are engaged in negotiations aimed at healing the wounds of the Vietnam War, and promoting reconciliation and normalization of relations between the two countries. Among the issues of importance being discussed are the Obama’s Administration’s plan for a trade agreement for Pacific Rim countries (the Trans-Pacific Partnership), and proposals for reparations to be made to the victims of the widespread Agent Orange chemical spraying that took place during the war. While improved relations with Vietnam and effective treatment of Agent Orange attacks are highly desirable and necessary goals, they cannot take place in a vacuum, and without giving effective attention to Vietnam’s human rights abuses, and their efforts to secure political, military and economic control over Cambodia and other nations in the South East Asia region. The US policies towards re-enforcing such a repressive communist regime will bring calamitous consequences to the peace and stability of the region.
For example, while Vietnam seeks reparations for the US Agent Orange attacks, it is itself conducting similar attacks against farmlands in Cambodia aimed at forcing the eviction of farmers and their families from areas affected by a long-standing border dispute between these nations. In addition, rubber companies owned by the Vietnamese government (VRG and HAGL) have been forcibly evicting Cambodian farmers from their lands so that rubber plantations and factories can be developed. The Obama Administration must address these human rights concerns involving the government of Vietnam as part of the negotiations and activities that will be taking place during Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit. A failure to do so will mean that the promises of protections for worker rights and consumer protections in the TPP agreements will ring hollow, and that the Obama Administration will be making a political settlement with Vietnam that overlooks basic elements of our nation’s commitments to principles of human rights, social justice and democratic reform.
As a Communist government-run economy, Vietnam’s business model typically include:
1) systematic, unethical government sponsored land grabbing to benefit government-owned companies,
2) complete governmental monopolistic control,
3) plundering of natural resources of satellite countries of Cambodia and Laos (such as timber, minerals resources, hydroelectric energy) with little or no compensation to the owner country, and little regards for the environment.
These above examples, among many others, of unethical, non-transparent practices that are typical of a communist economy, make Vietnam an unsuitable partner in a trade partnership where our traditional democratic, free enterprise partners have been traditionally respectful of the rights of ownership, free of government intrusion and coercion in their business dealings.
Including companies who profit from illegal and coerced land grabbing of millions of poor peasants makes us the unwitting consumers of "BLOOD" products and the promoters of unfair competition towards our law-abiding, ethical free-enterprise companies.