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Calling on Vietnam to Respect Basic Human Rights and Cease Abusing Vague National Security Provisions

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support. As Human Rights Watch noted, last year saw a steady stream of political trials and arrests, likely spurred, in part, by Vietnamese Government concerns that the pro-democracy Arab Spring movement might reach Asia.

As they explained, there's at least 24 convictions right now under article 79 and article 88 of the penal code that have been handed down. Hence the need for this resolution to pass this Chamber. We should all support it.

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