July 16, 2010: Rep. LorettaSanchez Urges Secretary of State to Pressure Vietnam on Human Rights at Hanoi Policy Conference

Leads Bipartisan Letter; Co-Signers Include Chair, RankingMember of House Foreign Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – CongresswomanLoretta Sanchez (CA-47), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, todayled a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her toemphasize the importance of human rights at an upcoming Association ofSoutheast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Hanoi. The letter urges Secretary Clinton topressure Vietnamover its abysmal human rights record during scheduled meetings with Vietnameseofficials.

“The U.S.has an important opportunity to make improvements in human rights a conditionof continued diplomatic relations with Vietnam,” said Rep. Sanchez.“Our country was built on the principles of freedom and democracy, yet wecontinue to engage a government that restricts basic rights, including freedomof speech and religion. This is an issue that transcends party politics, and Ithank my colleagues for joining me in urging Secretary Clinton to hold Vietnam andother human rights abusers accountable for their actions.”

Supporters and co-signers of Rep.Sanchez’s letter include: Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), Chair of the HouseForeign Affairs Committee; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Member ofthe House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ); Rep. ZoeLofgren (D-CA); Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA); Rep. Henry Johnson(D-GA); Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA); Rep. James Moran (D-VA); Rep. Michele Bachmann(R-MN); Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX); Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA); Rep. MichaelHonda (D-CA); Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN); Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Rep. DavidWu (D-OR); Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA); Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); Rep. AlGreen (D-TX); and Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA).

A copy of Rep. Sanchez’s letter to Secretary Clintonis available below:

Courtesy: Lilly Ngoc HieuNguyen

Office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Sanchez’s letter to Secretary Clinton

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