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Faced with increasing grassroots demands for political change, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam government is resorting to internet censorship, sham trials and arbitrary detention to enforce its oppression. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese government apparently believes that by joining the UN Human Rights Council, it can blatantly continue to ignore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which it is a signatory.

On the occasion of 2012 International Human Rights Day, we call on the international community to stand by Vietnam’s voices of conscience: bloggers Dieu Cay (Nguyen Van Hai), Ta Phong Tan, Paulus Le Son; democracy activists Nguyen Quoc Quan, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc; song writers Viet Khang, Tran Vu Anh Binh; human rights attorney Cu Huy Ha Vu and Reverend Nguyen Van Ly. These are but some of the many patriotic Vietnamese who have peacefully expressed their views and pursued nonviolent methods to demand democratic change, religious freedom and social justice.

Many Vietnamese prisoners of conscience face harsh conditions in jail such as forced labor, physical abuse and denial of medical treatment. According to international human rights organizations, two especially appalling cases involve female political prisoners: land rights activist Tran Thi Thuy and labor organizer Do Thi Minh Hanh.

We, the undersigned, appeal to the UN Human Rights Council, the European Union and governments of free countries to:

1. Send Special Rapporteurs and Embassy representatives to investigate the situation of arbitrary detention, inhumane prison conditions and lack of legal due process in Vietnam.

2. Demand the Vietnamese government to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and repeal vague national security laws such as Articles 79 and 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code which are often pretext for arbitrary arrest and detention.

3. Urge the Vietnamese government to immediately release all political prisoners.

On behalf of the peaceful activists detained in Vietnam, we ask the international community to hold the Vietnamese authorities responsible and accountable for the well-being and the deprivation of liberty of these brave individuals.

English Petition To:

  • H.E. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, President of the UN Human Rights Council
  • H.E. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
  • H.E. Barbara Lochbihler, Chair of Subcommittee on Human Rights, European Parliament
  • H.E. Bob Carr, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia
  • H.E. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
  • H.E. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, France
  • H.E. Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany
  • H.E. Kōichirō Genba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • H.E. Uri Rosenthal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • H.E. Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • H.E. Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
  • H.E. William Hague, Foreign Secretary, United Kingdom
  • H.E. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America

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U.S. warns of the increase of contaminated seafood from Vietnam

 Source: Người-Việ – Translated by Phuc H. Phan

 WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave a warning to the Vietnam government regarding the increase discoveries of prohibited antibiotics and contamination of imported seafood.
A worker at a shrimp processing factory at Soc Trang currently classifying the items ready for export

U.S. warns of the increase of contaminated seafood from Vietnam

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave a warning to the Vietnam government regarding the increase discoveries of prohibited antibiotics and contamination of imported seafood.

According to the FDA, the number of rejected seafood imports increased to 20 lots on April 2012 while only 12 lots were prohibited during March 2012.

Vietnam is the leading exporter of the Basa fish. In order to increased immunity to sickness and disease, the fish food is often mixed with several antibiotics, including those prohibited from use.

Because of the low sale in Europe, Vietnamese manufacturers are trying to increase exports over to the US to maintain the export output amount.

From January to April 2012, the U.S. already imported 30,789 tons of Basa fish while only importing 21,189 tons in the same time period of last year.

Last Saturday, ABC network evening news broadcasted a short segment on the investigation of shrimp imports in the US. A large portion of the imports came from manufacturers of several countries in Asia, for example India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The ABC network sent 30 samples of shrimp exports sold at supermarkets to a lab for testing. They found several samples have been contaminated with chemicals and diseases.

Three prohibited chemicals or antibiotics commonly found in 3 shrimp samples include nitrofuranzone, enrofloxacin, and chloramphenicol.

During March 2012, the FDA had issued a warning that many seafood are the source of epidemics that occurred from 2005 to 2010 according to the report of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Saigon Times, on June 8th, 2012, revealed that 287 ton of seafood valued at $2.3 million USD have been returned because of contamination and contained over the standard amount of accepted antibiotics.

Vietnam exported 110,250 ton of seafood on May 2012 valued at approximately $500 million USD. Though the quantity decreased 1.31% compared to last year, but the value increased by 2.38%. If we totaled the amount of exports so far for 2012, Vietnam has exported $2.3 billion USD worth of seafood.

Because of the strict inspection of chemicals and contaminations, the European Union and Japan have decreased their seafood imports from Vietnam. Not counting May of this year, the European Union has already lowered their seafood imports from Vietnam by 10% compared to last year’s report.

Europe, Japan, and Russia have warned Vietnam repeated to improve the quality of their product or it will result in the prohibition of Vietnam seafood products.

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