'FREE Viet Nam Act’ introduced in D.C.

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) joined four representatives today to introduce the bipartisan Fostering Rights through Economic Engagement in Viet Nam (“FREE Viet Nam”) Act, which would bar Viet Nam from enjoying special U.S. trade preferences until the country takes serious measures to curb human rights abuses.

Despite consistent pressure from Congress and human-rights organizations, the Vietnamese government continues to violate its international human rights obligations and it very own constitution, according to a news release issued by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), one of the bill’s sponsors. The FREE Viet Nam Act would prohibit Viet Nam from participating in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program as long as it continues to engage in repressive behavior, denying basic human freedoms to individuals in Viet Nam.

“We need to put Viet Nam on notice that it cannot continue to violate human rights and expect preferred trade relations with the United States,” Lofgren said. “The FREE Viet Nam Act gives us the tools we need to not only send the right message to Viet Nam, but also to take action against Viet Nam for their continuous human rights violations.”