Appeal for Supporting and Assisting the Inland Struggle for Freedom and Democracy
In answer to the call made by Rev. Nguyen Van Ly for the Whole People of Vietnam to dissolve the communist regime and establish a democratic and pluralistic regime in Vietnam
− The Overseas Vietnamese
− All Political Organizations and Mass Media,
On January 1, 2011, Rev. Nguyen Van Ly officially launched an appeal to the international community and to the Vietnamese national community to focus all efforts on dissolving the Communist regime in Vietnam. In response, the Communist Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung issued an urgent order − 2402/CD-TTg − for the police to be ready to suppress all peaceful efforts to struggle for what is right.
The first two victims of Nguyen Tan Dung were Mr. Christian Marchant, the political officer of the US Embassy in Hanoi and Mr. Luke Simpkins, an Australian MP.
On 5 January 2011, when visiting the catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly at the Archbishopric house in Hue, Mr. Christian Marchant was assaulted by the communist police and violently forced to leave the area of the archbishopric.
On 7 January 2011, Rep. Luke Simpkins and an officer of the Australian Embassy, prevented by the police at Phu Bai airport in Hue (Thua Thien province) and watched during they stayed in Hue, were also unable to visit Rev. Ly and to make a study of the human rights situation in Vietnam as planned.
The communist police are actually reinforcing the guard around the archbishopric of Hue, where Rev. Ly is being watched.
Nguyen Tan Dung’s order and the communist police actions are in themselves denunciations of the situation of human rights violations in Vietnam before the world. On the other hand they also show that the Vietnam Communist Party is afraid of the democracy movement’s high tide in Vietnam.
In that situation, we call on all the political organizations, mass media and overseas compatriots to focus on the following specific tasks:
Firstly, to campaign for the internationalization of the South China Sea issue to conserve our national territories and protect our people’s interests;
Secondly, to work with the U.S. government to officially put Vietnam back onto the list of the countries of particular concern (CPC);
Thirdly, to lobby the U.S. Congress to pass the Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act;
Fourthly, to mobilize the world to positively facilitate the democratization of Vietnam;
Fifthly, to mobilize international agencies to closely monitor the communist government in the use of loans or international aid;
Sixthly, to campaign with the overseas Vietnamese to limit cash remittances or visits to Vietnam; and to provide them with opportunities, when going back to Vietnam, to contribute to the People’s Great Festival.
Seventhly, to strengthen and expand information into Vietnam, particularly information on global internet networks;
Eighthly, to help the homeland activists for democracy and their families, both in spiritual and financial terms;
And ninthly, to communicate by peaceful, lawful means to the world the wishes of the Vietnamese people who are rising up to demand the dissolution of the communist regime.
By the strength of free election in democratic countries and with the Overseas Vietnamese Community’s determination to contribute to the struggle at home, the CPV will have to step down and restore to Vietnam the right to national self-determination to integrate into the Free World.
Made overseas this 15th of January 2011
Mr. Nguyen Van Tanh, President, The Vietnamese-American Community of USA,
Mrs. Lam Tuyet, President, The Vietnamese Canadian Federation.
Mr. Nguyen The Phong, President, The Vietnamese Community in Australia
Mr. Nguyen Chinh Ket, Representative Abroad, Bloc 8406 for Freedom and Democracy in Vietnam,