Royce Challenges Obama Administration on Vietnam Human Rights

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  Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) joined several members of Congress, including the Chairman and top Democrat of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in writing to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the State Department to substantially improve its annual human rights reporting on Vietnam.

The four-page, detailed letter notes, "Vietnamese authorities continue to monitor, systematically harass, and sometimes violently crack down on religious groups that remain outside of official, government-registered and controlled religious institutions."

Royce noted the letter's significance, "When you get the top two members of the Foreign Affairs Committee agreeing that the Administration is underreporting Vietnam's human rights abuses, that's significant. This begins greater congressional attention to the Administration's mishandling of the horrible human rights abuses occurring there."

The State Department's "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" documents human rights conditions worldwide. It is typically released in early spring. "The brave men and women fighting for their freedom and human rights in Vietnam deserve a thorough and accurate report of their struggles. It's important that the Administration gets this report right," said Royce.

Royce has introduced legislation (H. Res. 16) calling on the Obama Administration's State Department to designate Vietnam as a "country of particular concern." "Yes, I want to see a more accurate report, but more importantly, I want to see Vietnam designated a 'country of particular concern,'" Royce stated today.

Royce is a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Vietnam Caucus.

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Also, watch videos here.  Communist brualilty against its political and reiligious dissidents is well documented by citizens using their cell phones and posting on youtube.