Friday, February 10, 2012

Voice of Vietnamese Americans Urges the US to Lend Stronger Supports to the Vietnamese People While Condemning the CPV for Violating Human Rights


'Time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit'
President Obama Inauguration Speech 2008 as 44th president

Vietnam's increasing violations of human rights have been of great concern for Vietnamese Americans. Many Vietnamese Americans now are pushing to have Vietnam put back in the CPC list.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans condemns the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) for its violations of human rights in Vietnam, and urges the US Government to take a stronger position in supporting the Vietnamese People. However, Voice of Vietnamese Americans opposes the choice of putting Vietnam back to the CPC list due to the serious consequential impacts of this action.

CPC is the abbreviation of "Country of Particular Concern", designated for countries with poor records in human rights. By US law, the US government can NOT support the country listed in the CPC list, but can only offer aids for humanitarian reasons, i.e, disasters, ... This would push Vietnam right back into the influence of China, for funding needed to rescue its currently troublesome economy.

The rise of China, its aggressions in the South China Sea, and its surplus funding offering to the CPV have created a very different situation for Vietnam,the Vietnamese People, Vietnamese Americans, the United States, and the World. China would like the US to back out of Vietnam. And the CPV would still have the surplus funding from the Communist Party of China. Only the people of Vietnam suffer, as they have been suffering for decades while the CPV members are getting richer and richer.

Vietnam needs to see the big picture and need to explain that to the Vietnamese people, to have more strategic actions. Vietnam needs to align with the US and the World. Most importantly, Vietnam needs the US Congress to approve of US intervention in Vietnam and the South China Sea. More than social justice, sovereignty of Vietnam is seriously at risks.

Vietnamese Americans can help to improve human rights in Vietnam by promoting US- Vietnam Relations, supporting dialogue about human rights issues, and educating the Vietnamese of our own rights that the government cannot violate. After 15 years of US-Vietnam normalized relationship, the people of Vietnam have enjoyed much better living standards and have exercised their human rights, civil rights at much more assertive, expressive ways. We should continue to support this approach.

Anyone who violates human rights should be punished accordingly.It is very wrong to put Vietnam in the CPC list for the actions of some members of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Rather, the CPV should be held accountable for its actions. If the CPV leaders are unable to follow the rules of the law, it is time for serious changes in the governing system. A party is not the nation. Three million members of the CPV, in all aspects, have no rights to represent nor oppress 90 millions of Vietnamese.

We should not punish the whole nation, with 90 million people, for the actions of a few. Putting Vietnam back to CPC list is not the strategic choice the US should take. Having Vietnam sanctioned by the US is NOT the best solution for the Vietnamese People. Vietnamese Americans should oppose this approach. Unable to receive support from the US can push Vietnam into the influence of China, which can affect Vietnam’s sovereignty and may lead to serious consequences to the future of Vietnam as well as the power of the US in the Pacific Ocean.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans condemns the CPV for its violations of human rights in Vietnam. Voice of Vietnamese Americans advocates for the US to lend stronger supports to the people of Vietnam, in education, human development, trading, better governance and better social justice system.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans supports the current approach of President Obama, as he has made it very clear in the Presidential Inauguration Speech 2008:

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it. - (Excerpt from President Obama Inauguration Speech 2008) *

Voice of Vietnamese Americans

* President Obama Inauguration Speech 2008

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