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Vet flays US bill on VN human rights Tin ảnh

(14:55:57 PM 01/07/2013)
(Tinmoitruong.vn) - A US congressman and veteran of the American war has reacted with dismay to the proposal of a bill by the US House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee which would bring Viet Nam's human rights record under scrutiny.

 

Eni Faleomavaega, a ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, issued a press release on June 27 expressing disappointment at the sending of H.R. 1897, the Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013 to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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The Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013 urges the US Administration to block non-humanitarian assistance to Viet Nam based on disputed reports on the nation's human rights situation and calls for adding Viet Nam to the list of "countries of particular concern" (CPC).

 

Faleomavaega's press release showed his regret, both at the way the bill was adopted and its motivations. The measure was packaged together with three others so that no separate vote was taken. Instead, all four measures were passed together by unanimous consent with no recorded vote count.

 

He noted the act did not follow US traditions and reflected the human rights situation in Viet Nam inaccurately.

 

"Regrettably, the information put forward by the Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013 does not paint a true or accurate picture of Viet Nam," said Faleomavaega, who served in the war from 1966-69.

 

"Viet Nam leaders are fully committed to advancing US-Viet Nam relations and promoting human rights. Viet Nam is party to almost all core international human rights treaties and is engaged in human rights dialogue with the European Union, Australia, Norway, Switzerland, and the US. The country is improving its human rights records by strengthening its legal system, economic, social and cultural rights. The Viet Nam I know welcomes international assistance for the implementation of human rights policies," he said.

 

According to the US congressman, the measure continues to be heavily influenced by the Vietnamese-American community.

 

Faleomavaega also spoke highly of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's H.R. 2519, a proposed bill intended to provide assistance for those affected by exposure to Agent Orange.

 

"I am an original co-sponsor of this bill because I believe the US must be responsible for cleaning up the mess we left behind when we sprayed more than 11 million gallons of Agent Orange in Viet Nam, exposing innocent civilians, including men, women and children, to dioxin – a toxic contaminant known to be one of the deadliest chemicals made by man. Any Member of Congress truly committed to human rights will agree that this is a human rights issue that must be addressed," he said.

 

This is not the first time US congressmen have attempted to create a bill examining Viet Nam's human rights record. Some years ago, similar bills were adopted by the House of Representatives but refused by the Senate. 

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