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."
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.