Monthly Archives: May 2021

Senator Ngo condemns the ‘sham’ elections in Vietnam

[For immediate release]- May 27, 2021

 Today, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following Statement in response to the sham elections –  to select a ‘rubber-stamp’ legislature  –  that took place in Vietnam on Sunday, May 23, 2021:

 Vietnam held elections to determine the members that would constitute its 15th National Assembly, as well as the People’s Councils at the local level on May 23rd. Elections in Vietnam are undoubtedly of a purely ceremonial nature and only serve the Vietnam Communist Party’s (VCP) interests in maintaining their despotic rule over the people of Vietnam. Key leadership positions as well as the overall composition of the National Assembly are determined several weeks in advance.

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Senator Ngo deplores the arrest of prominent pro-democracy activist, Nguyen Thuy Hanh

[For immediate release] – May 21, 2021

Today, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following Statement in response to the arrest of prominent pro-democracy activist Nguyen Thuy Hanh on April 7th and the Vietnam communist regime’s continued and relentless persecution against prisoners of conscience:

Mrs. Nguyen Thuy Hanh is among the latest human rights defenders arrested under the regime’s go-to penalty for dissidents – Article 117 of Vietnam’s Criminal Code, the allegation of “conducting anti-state propaganda”. A group of about 30 police officers (according to eye-witness accounts) were sent to her home, where she was apprehended, on April 7th. Continue reading