During your visit to Vietnam, we urge you to impress upon the Communist Party leaders in Hanoi that continued the expansion of economic and strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam will depend on real and concrete improvement in Vietnam's dismal human rights record...Vietnam is an increasingly important trade partner, as our exports have increased nine-fold over the last decade...However, we are gravely concerned about the harassment, intimidation, assaults, and imprisonment of rights defenders, bloggers, and religious leaders. Basic rights in Vietnam, including freedom of religion, speech, press, and association, are severely circumscribed. Religious groups face systematic, ongoing, and egregious restrictions for seeking to organize independently of government control...In your speech to the United Nations in September, you said that the "United States of America will stand with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares about their safety, their interests, and their well-being, including their prosperity." During your visit to Poland in July, you also stated "we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom. That is who we are."The Vietnamese people do not have freedom and face harsh repression for standing up for human rights and decency. Your advocacy for individual rights and the rule of law will be warmly welcomed by the Vietnamese people...If history is a guide, your advocacy will also bring tangible results. The Vietnamese government has responded to concerns expressed by the last two administrations when human rights improvements were linked to better U.S.-Vietnam relations.
"Vietnam has truly become one of the great miracles of the world, and it's very impressive, no matter where you come from, no matter who you are. If you look at what's happened in Vietnam, there is nothing more impressive. Thank you very much for this honor, and I look forward to seeing you, Mr. President, many, many times."
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