H.Res. 672: Calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to release imprisoned bloggers and respect Internet freedom

H.Res. 672

Calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to release imprisoned bloggers and respect Internet freedom

Sponsor
Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Date
October 21, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 672 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) on July 23, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 672 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the right of Vietnamese citizens to access websites of their choosing and to have the freedom to share and publish information over the Internet;
• "Calls on the Government of Vietnam to repeal Circular 07, Article 88, and similar statutes that restrict the Internet, so as to be in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a signatory;
• "Calls on the Government of Vietnam to become a responsible member state of the international community by respecting individuals' freedom of speech, freedom of press, and freedom of political association; and
• "Calls on the Government of Vietnam to release all political prisoners, including but not limited to the following bloggers and cyber activists-
o "Le Cong Dinh;
o "Le Nguyen Sang;
o "Le Thi Cong Nhan;
o "Nguyen Van Hai (Dieu Cay);
o "Nguyen Xuan Nghia;
o "Ngo Quynh;
o "Nguyen Ngoc Quang;
o "Nguyen Thi Hong;
o "Nguyen Van Dai;
o "Pham Ba Hai;
o "Pham Thanh Nghien;
o "Pham Van Troi;
o "Tran Huynh Duy Thuc;
o "Truong Minh Duc;
o "Truong Quoc Huy;
o "Vu Hoang Hai;
o "Nguyen Tien Trung; and
o "Vu Hung."

 

Background

According to the resolution's findings, the Government of Vietnam created the Administration Agency for Radio, Television and Electronics Information in October 2008 and issued Circular 07 in December 2008 to restrict internet freedom, censor private blogs, and compel information technology companies to cooperate with government efforts to monitor personal information of internet users. The Government of Vietnam has imprisoned bloggers and numerous democracy activists who have distributed their peaceful views over the Internet.