Vietnam: Free The Political Prisoners
The People's Democratic Party
PO Box 84211
Seattle, WA 98124
Denounce Unlawful Arrest and Imprisonment Eight Members of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Two Released and Six Incarcerated. Many Prisoners of Conscience and Political Prisoners Are Illegally Being Imprisoned.
Vietnamese authorities in recent months have unlawfully arrested and detained pro-democracy and human-rights activists in Vietnam.
The recent arrest of eight members of the PDP, detained on or around August of 2006, is an illegal act. With the pressure from the Vietnamese community around the world, the foreign diplomats and the hard work of international bodies (Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, US Congressional Members and diplomats, Freedom Now, Non Governmental Organizations and other agencies), two out of eight members have been released while the remaining six are being held in two detention facilities: Saigon and Tien Giang province. They are imprisoned merely for expressing their democratic views online. Contrary to the claims of the Vietnamese authorities, none of them is a terrorist or criminal.
With this groundless, unlawful conduct by the Vietnamese authorities, the PDP is bringing this matter to the international community’s attention and to the US government in particular, to call for their help to bring an end to illegal acts by the Vietnamese government with the following points:
1. Denounce Vietnam’s authorities for the illegal arrest of Mr. Tran Van Hoa, a Vietnamese national, and his detainment in Quang Ninh province, Hanoi for his membership with the PDP.
During his detention, the interrogators tried to coerce Mr. Hoa to admit that the PDP is a group that engages in terrorist activities. Mr. Hoa denied this baseless accusation and the authorities were finally forced to release him after thirteen days. His release on 03 October is in part a result of growing disapproval of public opinion and pressure from international bodies.
2. Call on Hanoi for the immediate release of six members of the PDP: Dr. Le Nguyen Sang, Journalist Huynh Nguyen Dao, Mr. Le Trung Hieu, three other unidentifiable members and many prisoners of conscience and political prisoners such as Nguyen Vu Binh, Pham Ba Hai, Truong Quoc Huy, Vu Hoang Hai, Foshee Thuong "Cuc" as proof that Hanoi has respect for human rights.
3. Call on the President of the United States, George W. Bush to take interest on the issue of human rights in Vietnam, especially on the freedoms of expression which includes the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, etc. These fundamental democratic values are rights for which the US has always advocated. Therefore, we ask that President George W. Bush not disregard these issues on his coming trip to Viet Nam.
4. Call upon the US Congress and the Bush Administration to hold off on granting Hanoi Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status since they continue to harass many pro-democracy and human-rights activists, case in point: the arrest and imprisonment of Cong Thanh Do, a US citizen, last month and many members of the PDP. They are such non-violent democrats.
The People's Democratic Party calls for your attention and consideration on these urgent matters thus stated in this letter.PDP's Central Committee Member
Do Thanh Cong
PO Box 84211Seattle, WA 98124 USA