[For immediate release]
February 1st, 2019
Today, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement about the results of Vietnam’s recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR):
“Canada failed to present comprehensive recommendations during Vietnam’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva on January 22, 2019.
“Unfortunately, only half of Canada’s six recommendations adequately address the most severely restricted basic rights in Vietnam, namely the Cybersecurity Law, due process and religious freedom.
“This missed opportunity clearly shows that the Canadian government is ignoring the Vietnamese Communist Party’s intensified crackdown on the freedom of expression, association, and peaceful public assembly.
“Canada must take a much firmer human rights approach with Vietnam by calling for the protection of a free press, an independent judiciary, and by strongly advocating for the release including the better treatment of more than 100 known jailed democracy activists such as Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Nguyen Dinh Thanh, Bui Hieu Vo, Tran Hoang Phuc, Vu Quang Thuan, Nguyen Van Dien, Nguyen Viet Dung, and Vuong Van Tha.”
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo
– 2018-2019 Human Rights Report – Situation in Vietnam
– Senator Ngo calls on Greater Respect for Human Rights in wake of Vietnam’s UPR