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U.S. senators meet with dissidents character VN
From left: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Attorney Nguyen Van Dai,
Sen. John McCain, Dr. Pham Hong Son, Sen.
Joseph Lieberman, lawyer Le Quoc Quan and Senator Kelly Ayote
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The decision of the U.S. government not to sell arms to Vietnam, until the achievement of human rights in Vietnam actually improved is a strong message was moved to Hanoi by the US Legislature Which shows the strong commitment to support the process of democratization of the United States for the former enemy country, Vietnam. Worst human rights records in Vietnam so long remains a leading concern, not the individual with the United States but also for many other countries around the world such as Australia, Canada, Norway, Germany, Switzerland ..... and including many international human rights organizations. In negotiations Senior Human Rights-Vietnam bilateral recently, the U.S. government always urged Vietnam to comply with and fully implement all international commitments on human rights, and always associated the terms with the commitment on human rights and humanitarian support to help Vietnam develop the country.
In the context of the current situation of Vietnam are communist Chinese government to control and day use force poised to invade Vietnam's islands as extreme statement of Hoan Cau newspaper, voice official of the Communist Party of China said, "Let's teach Vietnam a lesson in morality by force." for punitive attitudes and behavior of the leadership in Hanoi during the disputes and conflicts in the East Sea in recent years China has said that Vietnam was partly to betray the loyalty to the Party, State and people of China but Vietnam has demonstrated over many decades, the communist government of Vietnam to pursue more intimate relationships with U.S. partners to reduce the pressure and balance relations with China in the not very bright situation today is necessary and wise.
However, the main obstacle to full relations with the United States is the problem "Human Rights", something that makes leadership so long hesitation and also proved difficult. To receive the full backing and strong from the United States, Vietnam must do everything leveled the main obstacles that by accepting to improve human rights through the democratic process of the country, this same acceptance means even sacrifice their own interests, their family, one thing that authoritarian leaders in the party and the communist government does not want to give up and therefore that during the time they make every effort to consolidate and retain power and maintain the unique position of their leaders even accept confrontation instead of dialogue with the people.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Vietnam needs to 'human rights progress' for U.S. weapons
Figure: U.S. Embassy, Bangkok Thailand
Delegation of U.S. Sen. John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, Sheldon Whitehouse,
and Kelly Ayotte to speak to reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand
The senator arrived in Vietnam, including John McCain, said the U.S. would not sell weapons to Vietnam until Vietnam reverse "attitude lag" on human rights.
On Saturday, in Bangkok, Senator McCain said to reporters after leaving Vietnam that Hanoi had a "long list" of weapons to buy.
But MPs delegation had "emphasized with the Vietnamese side is the US-Vietnam security ties have a direct impact of human rights issues."
Mr. McCain said: "There is no progress in human rights issues, even in the attitude setbacks from this problem."
On this occasion, said Sen. Joe Lieberman should have approval from Congress, the new Vietnam have weapon "death."
Mr. Lieberman said: "There are some weapons that Vietnam wishes to purchase from us or receive from us; we can expect delivery of those things, but that story will not happen until Vietnam expand improve its human rights record. "
U.S. policy embargo with Vietnam has been made since 1984.
The human rights advocacy groups have said dozens of social activists peacefully were sentenced long after Vietnam crackdown launched late in 2009, although Hanoi still claims its human their rights have improved.
According to Human Rights Watch, Vietnam last year convicted 33 people, including bloggers and social activities for voicing political opinions and religion. Authorities arrested at least 27 others and detained two people for over a year without trial.
Vietnam wants to expand exchanges with the United States amid tension with China, especially the South China Sea dispute.
Speaking of U.S. senators before they came to Burma, where the expectation they will observe the important reforms that the government has done here in recent months.
Source: AFP, Bloomberg
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