U.S. President Very Concerned about Human Rights Records in Vietnam: Dieu Cay

Blogger Dieu Cay and President Obama discuss human rights issues at White House on May 1, 2015
Blogger Dieu Cay and President Obama discuss human rights issues at White House on May 1, 2015

[themify_box style=”blue, announcement, rounded” ]U.S. President Barack Obama is very concerned about human rights violations in Vietnam, said prominent political dissident and famous blogger Nguyen Van Hai (aka Dieu Cay.)[/themify_box]

By Vu Quoc Ngu | May 05, 2015 (Defend the Defenders)

U.S. President Barack Obama is very concerned about human rights violations in Vietnam, said prominent political dissident and famous blogger Nguyen Van Hai (aka Dieu Cay.)

Mr. Hai made this conclusion at an interview with the Radio for Free Asia (RFA) immediately after the meeting with President Obama at the White House on May 1, where the two men, together with two independent journalists from Russia and Ethiopia discussed on global press freedom.

After thanking President Obama and the U.S. government for their efforts for his release six months ago, Mr. Hai reported on the situation of press freedom and the freedom of expression in Vietnam, as well as prisoners of conscience.

Mr. Hai, who was imprisoned for six years for posting articles critical of the government, handed over a list of prisoners of conscience who are currently held in Vietnam’s prisons to President Obama.

The list included entrepreneur Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, blogger Ta Phong Tan, human right lawyer Le Quoc Quan, land right activist Bui Thi Minh Hang, and music composer Viet Khang.

Earlier on April 28, the U.S. Department of State called on Vietnam’s communist government to unconditionally release Ms. Tan and allow all Vietnamese to express their political views freely both online and offline.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has continued to recommend the Obama administration designate Vietnam as a country of particular concern (CPC) for backsliding on religious freedom in the communist country.

The commission believed that Vietnam should remain a CPC this year due to its gross violations in the face of constant surveillance, intimidation, harassment and persecution toward religious believers.

USCIRF proposed the U.S. government leave pressure on the government of Vietnam to force it pursues consistently and publicly policies on human rights and religious freedom at every level of the Vietnam-U.S. relationship.

Vietnam and the U.S. are preparing the upcoming visits of Vietnamese communist leader Nguyen Phu Trong to the American country in July and President Obama to Hanoi in late 2015.

The two countries are working on the formal acceptance of Mr. Trong since he has no counterpart in the U.S. Hanoi has insisted the hosting to be in the White House while Washington is still considering where President Obama to meet him, according to foreign media.

On April 30, at the grand parade in Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 40th anniversary of the country’s reunification, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung publicly condemned the U.S.’s acts during the Vietnam War, considering them as “barbarous crimes”.

Dung, whose daughter recently obtained American citizen’s status, said the U.S. “committed countless barbarous crimes, causing immeasurable losses and pain to our people and country.”

Currently, the U.S. is the biggest importer of Vietnam-sourced goods, including apparel, seafood, electronics, and coffee.

The two countries plan to exchange high-ranking visits to enhance their comprehensive partnership established in 2013 during the visit of President Truong Tan Sang to Washington in July 2013.

The U.S. has pledged to assist Vietnam in enhancing its naval force’s capacity to protect the country’s sovereignty in the East Sea amid rising Chinese expansionism in the resource-rich sea.