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Senator Ngo introduces motion to reconvene the International Conference on Viet-Nam

[For immediate release]- June 30, 2021

On June 29, 2021, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo spoke to his motion in the Senate, Motion to Reconvene the International Conference on Viet-Nam.

This Motion urges the Government of Canada to call upon six or more of the current parties to the 1973 Act of the International Conference on Viet-Nam (the Act) to agree to reconvene the International Conference on Viet-Nam, pursuant to Article 7(b) of the Act.

On March 2, 1973 a conference was concluded by the signing of the Act, wherein, the parties to the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet-Nam (the Paris Peace Accords) and eight other countries – Canada, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Poland, UK, the Soviet Union, and China – pledged they would, henceforth, not only uphold and support its terms but also abide by its provisions, including those related to foreign interference. Both the Act and the Paris Peace Accords were registered with the UN Secretariat on May 13, 1974. Continue reading

Senator Ngo calls for the immediate expulsion of Chinese envoy to Canada

[For immediate release]- October 27, 2020

Today, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following Statement in response to inflammatory remarks made by the Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Cong Peiwu, during a conference call with reporters on October 15, 2020:

During a video conference with the press on October 15th, Mr. Peiwu demonstrated a level of insolence, undisguised contempt and profound disrespect unbecoming of his office when he shamelessly threatened that the health and safety of our 300,000 Canadians residing in Hong Kong as well as Canadian companies operating in that region could be jeopardized if Canada grants political asylum to pro-democracy activists. In so doing, the Ambassador’s incredibly offensive remarks are a collective threat to all Canadians.

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Protest the unfair verdict in the Dong Tam case (Vietnam)

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[For immediate release]-September 16, 2020

Death sentences and life imprisonment for the villagers of Dong Tam

On Monday September 14, 2020, a court in Hanoi, Vietnam has sentenced two brothers to death in regards to a deadly land-rights clash in January at the Dong Tam commune. The other 27 people on trial were given sentences ranging from life imprisonment to 15 months suspended. Continue reading

STATEMENT OF Sen. Thanh Hải Ngô (Canada)

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Senator Ngo calls for a principled and coordinated global response as China enacts national security law in Hong Kong

[For immediate release]- July 23, 2020

Today, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following Statement in relation to China’s enactment of a controversial national security law for Hong Kong:

June 30th, 2020 coincides with the 23rd anniversary of the end of British rule in Hong Kong and subsequent handover to China. It is telling to note that China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress (NPC) has deliberately chosen this very day to officially pass into law sweeping anti-sedition legislation for Hong Kong, in complete disregardand in contravention of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. A chilling provision in the new law, Article 38, extends the iron-fist of the communist state even beyond Hong Kong’s borders, applying offences under this law to foreign citizens outside the region as well. This effectively marks the end of an era for the special administrative region as a haven for basic human rights, freedoms, democracy, the rule of law, and free trade. The high degree of autonomy it has hitherto enjoyed under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework has essentially been dismantled, supplanted instead by the more authoritarian, CCP-endorsed version of ‘One Country, One System.’

This unilateral imposition of a draconian law under the guise of national security, is only the latest attempt by China to significantly curtail fundamental freedoms, human rights and rule of law to the people of Hong Kong under their constitution, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights, as well as the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. China’s aggressive repression also contravenes the rules-based international order as formulated by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

China’s ongoing aggression in defiance of internationally recognized and established agreements also extends to other groups, which include ethno-religious minorities and prisoners of conscience such as Uyghurs, Tibetans and Falun Gong practitioners. The destruction of Hong Kong’s autonomy must therefore be addressed in tandem with these other atrocities. Reprehensible violations in brazen defiance of the global order, as evidenced by the Chinese communist regime, must not go unsanctioned. A principled and coordinated global response would include Magnitsky-style targeted sanctions against Chinese and/or Hong Kong officials responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses and asking the UN to appoint a Special Rapporteur and/or Special Envoy on the situation in Hong Kong.

A substantial collective reset in strategy vis-à-vis China on the international trade agenda is also critical. To counter its global economic hegemony (despite its egregious human rights record), all trade negotiations henceforth should include a human rights clause (and any existing agreements should be revised to the same effect). Incentivising and supporting companies to relocate operations to democratic and like-minded nations would also help reduce over-reliance on China as a trading partner and mitigate economic vulnerability.

It is the collective duty of the international community, in the interests of global peace and security, to demand China’s respect for and compliance with international commitments and obligations. It is therefore critical that we adopt a zero-tolerance policy for rogue behaviour and extensive criminality by taking substantive actionif we are to deter further transgressions by an increasingly despotic Chinese politburo as well as uphold the international rules-based order and fundamental rights and freedoms that are universal, inherent and inalienable.

For more information, please contact:

Office of the Honourable Thanh Hai Ngo




Additional information:

Fight for Freedom Stand with Hong Kong: Statement on Chinese National Security Law in Hong Kong

The Guardian: China passes controversial Hong Kong national security law

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong national security law: What is it about?

National Post: Section applying Chinese national security law to whole world chills Canadian activists

The Star: Canada’s allies take aim at China’s Hong Kong law. What will Ottawa do?

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Nikki Haley: Stop Communist China

Ký tên thỉnh nguyện của chúng tôi để ngăn chặn sự lừa dối và thao túng của chính quyền Cộng sản Trung Quốc. Chúng ta cần Quốc hội Hoa Kỳ hành động NGAY BÂY GIỜ để ngăn chặn ảnh hưởng ngày càng tăng của Trung Cộng.Sign our petition to stop the Chinese Communist government’s deception and manipulation. We need Congress to act NOW to prevent China’s growing influence.

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VOICE cảm ơn Thượng nghị sĩ Canada Ngô Thanh Hải

VOICE cảm ơn Thượng nghị sĩ Canada Ngô Thanh Hải vì những nỗ lực vận động của ông trong suốt thời gian qua để giúp cho gia đình ông Bạch Hồng Quyền được tái định cư tại Canada.

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Dưới đây là phát biểu của Thượng nghị sĩ Canada Ngô Thanh Hải về trường hợp của nhà hoạt động Bạch Hồng Quyền:

“Tôi rất vui mừng khi biết rằng ông Bạch Hồng Quyền sẽ sớm được đoàn tụ với gia đình ở Canada sau một hành trình dài và gian khổ để đến với tự do. Tôi cảm ơn Chính phủ Canada, và tất cả những ai liên quan đã giúp đỡ Bạch Hồng Quyền và gia đình anh ấy tìm được sự an toàn sau khi đồng nghiệp của anh ấy, Trương Duy Nhất, bị chính quyền Việt Nam bắt cóc tại Thái Lan và bị giam tại Hà Nội sau đó.

Chính quyền Thái Lan phải tiến hành một cuộc điều tra toàn diện về vụ bắt cóc gây sốc này xảy ra với một nhà hoạt động nhân quyền ôn hòa và xin quy chế tị nạn từ UNHCR, khi mà họ chỉ đơn giản là tìm kiếm sự an toàn khỏi việc áp bức của chính quyền cộng sản Việt Nam.”

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Senator Ngo on the results of Vietnam’s recent UPR

[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



Additional information:

2018-2019 Human Rights Report – Situation in Vietnam

Senator Ngo calls on Greater Respect for Human Rights in wake of Vietnam’s UPR

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Journey to Freedom Day Statement by Senator Ngo


April 30, 2015
For immediate release

Journey to Freedom Day Statement by Senator Ngo

April 30, 2015, Ottawa – Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement to mark the first Journey to Freedom Day:

“Today, I am pleased to announce the very first official Journey to Freedom Day. The act designating this day received Royal Assent from the Senate on April 23, 2015.

This year’s Journey to Freedom Day commemorates the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the beginning of the exodus of the boat people, and the acceptance of Vietnamese refugees in Canada.  Continue reading