Dec 12, 2013

letter to secretary kerry


Zoe Lofgren & Lorretta Sanchez

Các nhà lập pháp của Hoa Kỳ gửi thư yêu cầu Ngoại trưởng John Kerry đặt vấn đề nhân quyền với Việt Nam trong chuyến công du của ông sang Trung Đông và Đông Nam Á từ ngày 11/12 đến 18/12.

47 Bipartisan Members of Congress Call on Secretary Kerry to Address Vietnam Human Rights Abuses Ahead of Trip

Full text of the letter to Secretary Kerry is available below:

December 10, 2013

The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry,

In advance of your anticipated travel to Vietnam this month, we are writing to strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to encourage the Vietnamese government to improve its record on human rights. We believe that a closer relationship needs to be conditioned upon improvements with regard to human rights. The status quo in Vietnam is unacceptable, and we have serious concerns about strengthening ties with this government. We have particular concerns about our increasing trade partnership with Vietnam, including the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Any further economic ties, specifically trade agreements, should be contingent on the condition of human rights in Vietnam. The government of Vietnam has perpetually ignored its promises to improve its human rights record and continues to blatantly act in disregard to international law.