Reach a Representative

Send a letter or email to your elected official urging them to take action on the Vietnamese government’s human rights abuses and unjust imprisonment of bloggers, journalists, and activists. Together, we can speak out against injustice and end the arbitrary detention of political prisoners.


For those in the U.S., you can find your elected officials and steps on how to contact them at the following link.

Write your own message, or simply copy and paste a similar message below to your representative’s contact form.

This is a sample letter to representatives in the United States:

The Honorable (full name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative (last name):

Faced with increasing grassroots demands for political change, the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is resorting to heavy-handed human rights abuses to enforce its authority. These actions contradict the values of the United States and is a concern as we move forward with giving Vietnam preferential access to our markets in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Vietnamese authorities continue their practice of silencing voices. Over 140 prisoners of conscience are arbitrarily detained in poor prison conditions. Their family members are often intimidated and harassed. Starting in 2014, the Vietnamese government restricted freedom of movement, banning over 50 Vietnamese activists from traveling outside the country. The dire human rights situation in Vietnam reveals the government’s blatant disregard to its commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.     The United States needs to hold the Vietnamese government to a higher standard if we are to do business with them.

In accepting the Vietnamese government’s invitation to visit Vietnam, President Obama’s possible trip there in 2016 will be   a chance for the United States government to speak up about such human rights abuses and help demand reform. I urge you to make it a priority to appeal to President Obama and  publicly call for concrete, measurable improvements in Vietnam’s human rights record – beginning with the following:

  1. Urge the Vietnamese government to immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience.
  2. Send Special Rapporteurs and Embassy representatives to investigate the situation of arbitrary detention, inhumane prison conditions and lack of legal due process in Vietnam.
  3. Demand the Vietnamese government to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and repeal vague national security laws such as Articles 79 and 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code which are often pretext for arbitrary arrest and detention.

I appreciate your serious and prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

(signee)


For those in Canada you can find your elected Member of Parliament and steps on how to contact them at the following link

Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament at the following address:

Name of Member of Parliament
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Here is a sample letter to representatives in Canada:

Faced with increasing grassroots demands for political change, the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is resorting to heavy-handed human rights abuses to enforce its authority. These actions contradict the values of Canada and is a concern as we move forward with giving Vietnam preferential access to our markets in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Vietnamese authorities continue their practice of silencing voices. Over 140 prisoners of conscience are arbitrarily detained in poor prison conditions. Their family members are often intimidated and harassed. Starting in 2014, the Vietnamese government restricted freedom of movement, banning over 50 Vietnamese activists from traveling outside the country. The dire human rights situation in Vietnam reveals the government’s blatant disregard to its commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Canada needs to hold the Vietnamese government to a higher standard if we are to do business with them.

I urge you to make it a priority to appeal to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and publicly call for concrete, measurable improvements in Vietnam’s human rights record – beginning with the following:

  1. Urge the Vietnamese government to immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience.
  2. Send Special Rapporteurs and Embassy representatives to investigate the situation of arbitrary detention, inhumane prison conditions and lack of legal due process in Vietnam.
  3. Demand the Vietnamese government to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and repeal vague national security laws such as Articles 79 and 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code which are often pretext for arbitrary arrest and detention.

I appreciate your serious and prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

(signee)