Thursday, 11/04/2013

Hearing about the human rights situation in Vietnam at the U.S. Capitol

Họp báo về tình hình nhân quyền Việt Nam tại trụ sở Quốc hội Hoa Kỳ ngày 10/4/2013.
Hoài Hương-VOA

One day before the start of the annual Human Rights Dialogue between the United States and Vietnam in Hanoi, Foreign Affairs Committee U.S. House of Representatives 
opens hearings on the situation of human rights in Vietnam

One of the initiators of the movement for human rights this time, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, Executive Director of Boat People SOS Committee, is a co-founder of CAMSA, elimination of slavery alliances in Asia 

Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang said today's hearing focused on three areas:

"First, religious persecution, torture, and the second is violence by the police, and the third is the issue of human trafficking.

In today's hearing, coalition CAMSA give some witnesses who are victims or relatives of victims of repression, or the victims of human trafficking.

Among those who testified at the U.S. Capitol today with Ms. Danh Hui, sister of Huynh Thi Be Huong, one of 15 victims are trafficked to Russia and forced into prostitution before Ms. Be Huong is rescued by CAMSA Union. Talking to The VOA Vietnamese-language, Ms. Danh Hui said her goal to testify at the hearing:

"I will show, said all my wishes, of Be Huong and all the victims ... I've been working on and wanted to Vietnam and how to rescue the victims are still being held in the Russia, soon to return to Vietnam to reunite with their families. "

In a sense, hearing, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, said:

"The meaning and purpose of the most important days of the April 12 hearing that Congress wants to learn, update on the situation of human rights violations in Vietnam and then it will be based on legislative action ie make laws, to promote Vietnam to respect human rights. In addition, Congress also wanted to put pressure on the U.S. State Department because this week, the U.S. State Department has a mission to Vietnam for human rights dialogue with Vietnam government . And the 3rd meaning is also very important to focus on the role of religious organizations, the churches of the problem leads to democracy and human rights in the country of Vietnam in the present context in the country is a campaign calling for people to speak in unison that requires a constitutional amendment. In this context, we have worked with Congress to have hearings on Thursday. "

CAMSA Coalition accused Vietnam embassy in Moscow had covered for the traffickers and said that witnesses present at the hearing to prove that with the U.S. lawmakers who concerned about the human rights situation in Vietnam.

Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang said: "She, Danh Hui will be a witness to explain to Congress that Vietnam, especially Vietnam embassy in Moscow, had conspired and covered up the traffickers instead protection for victims. "