Request for Assistance – Nobel peace prize for father Nguyen Van Ly and venerable Thich Quang Do

Posted on August 27, 2012

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The World – We first wish to send our sincere thanks for the steps that you have kindly undertaken with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (R.S.V.N) to obtain the immediate release of all prisoners who had been fighting for the Rights, Freedom, Democracy and Sovereignty of their country.

August 26, 2012
Your Holiness,
Her Majesty the Queen,
His Majesty the King,
Mr. President,
Mr. President of the International Criminal Court,
Mr. Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court,
Mr. Secretary General of the United Nations,
Mr. President of the European Parliament,
Mr. President of the Council of Europe
Mr. Secretary General of the ASEAN
Dear Prime Minister,
Dear Minister,
Dear Member of Parliament,
Dear Ambassador,
Organisations Amnesty International,
Commissions on International Religious, News Medias,
Ladies and gentlemen of the International Community,

We first wish to send our sincere thanks for the steps that you have kindly undertaken with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (R.S.V.N) to obtain the immediate release of all prisoners who had been fighting for the Rights, Freedom, Democracy and Sovereignty of their country.

To date, the R.S.V.N. is governed by a totalitarian regime with rampant corruption and oppression. This country is governed by barbaric and immoral laws. It counts numerous cases of arbitrary arrest, extortion of confessions by torture, massacre of political prisoners. Practicing one’s religion, or simply declaring a political opinion that is not in line with the communist regime leads directly to jail. Numbers of innocent citizens are imprisoned just because they ask for religious freedom, the respect of human rights and democracy.

For over 71 years, R.S.V.N has been mocking the international community by saying that there are no political or religious prisoners, and that human rights are respected. In reality, there are thousands of these prisoners in the R.S.V.N. At the same time, the R.S.V.N has been ceding some land and maritime borders to its powerful neighbor, China. If nothing is done, the current Communist leaders (irresponsible, corrupt and brutal) might be tempted to sell their country, which could become a “colony” of China (somehow like Tibet). This would definitely jeopardize any hope for democracy in Vietnam!

The R.S.V.N. despises your actions. It not only betrayed the Vietnamese nation but continues to flout, permanently, the Convention of Human Rights on Civil and Political Rights (even though it has signed it …) and to ignore the most basic freedoms: freedom of the press, freedom of expression, religious freedom…

Therefore, we appeal once again to your intervention, which could take the following forms:

– Urge the R.S.V.N. to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners and people imprisoned for religious reasons and, more generally, innocent citizens : Father Thadeus NGUYEN Van Ly, Songwriter VO Minh Tri (VIET KHANG), Pastor NGUYEN Cong Chinh, Pastor DUONG Kim Khai, Religious rights activist NGUYEN Van Canh, Hoa Hao Buddhist activist NGUYEN Van Lia, Farmers’ rights and Hoa Hao Buddhist activist TRAN Thi Thuy, Lawyer CU Huy Ha Vu, Lawyer LE Cong Dinh, Lawyer PHAN Thanh Hai (pen name ANH BA SAIGON) , Dr NGUYEN Quoc Quan, Blogger TA Phong Tan, Land rights advocate CAO Van Tinh, Engineer NGUYEN Tien Trung, Engineer and Columnist TRAN Huynh Duy Thuc, Engineer LE Thanh Long, Blogger NGUYEN Van Hai (pen name DIEU CAY), Blogger LU Van Bay, Journalist NGUYEN Van Khuong, Writer HO Thi Bich Khuong, Writer VI Duc Hoi, Internet writer NGUYEN Ba Dang, Land rights activist DUONG Au, Land rights activist NGUYEN Ngoc Cuong, Land rights petitioner PHAM Van Thong, Worker DOAN Huy Chuong, Worker NGUYEN Hoang Quoc Hung, Worker PHAM Thanh Nghien, Prominent legal activist PHUNG Lam, Former Officer of the People’s Army TRAN Anh Kim, Members of the VietNam Populist Party : PHAM Thi Ngoc Phuong, PHUNG Quang Quyen, Innocent citizen LE Thi Kim Thu ….and people under house arrest like the most Venerable THICH Quang Do, Dr NGUYEN Dan Que….,

– Insist that the R.S.V.N. respects its own laws and the international laws;

– exert pressure on the R.S.V.N. so that it allows a multiparty system and a real democracy (with free and general elections supervised by international bodies) and that it complies with the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” that it has ratified.

If, despite your renewed intervention, the R.S.V.N could not prove any improvement of the fate of its citizens, the international community should then implement severe sanctions:
– Appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Council of Human Rights at the United Nations, to other organizations of the European Union or the Criminal Courts (Belgium, Argentina, Spain …) for crimes and atrocities committed by the R.S.V.N,

– Interrupt its diplomatic and trade relations with the R.S.V.N,

– Expel the R.S.V.N from the United Nations and the ASEAN,

– Support the formation of a Government of National Unity in Vietnam (comprising the representatives of the 90 million Vietnamese residing in the country and abroad) to replace the current government, totalitarian, murderous and undemocratic. Given his acts of barbarians, his crimes and his defiance of the international community, the Government of RSVN does not deserve to remain a member of the United Nations or the ASEAN.

Father Nguyen Van Ly and Venerable Thich Quang Do

In addition, we seek your support to award the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE ”2012” to:

– Father Nguyen Van Ly, Born :1946. Catholic priest, founding member of the Vietnamese Party of Progress, one of the heroes of the Vietnamese people, arrested on 2/18/2007 at his home parish in Thua Thien Province. On 3/30/2007, sentenced to an eight year prison sentence and 5 years of house arrest for “Conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of VietNam” under article 88 of the Vietnamese Communist Penal Code. After two and a half years as a prisoner in Ha Nam Provincce, Rev. NGUYEN Van Ly suffered a major stroke in November 2009, and was brough to Ha Noi for urgent care. He was conditionnaly released from prison on health grounds on March 18, 2010 for 1 year, and has now returned to Ha Nam prison. He devoted his entire life to a peaceful struggle against the R.S.V.N, for noble causes: respect of human rights, religious freedom, democracy, protection of innocent citizens and the territorial integrity of Viet Nam. Father Nguyen Van Ly was courageous enough to write the slogan ”FREEDOM or DEATH” and hung it out outside his church. He was violently repressed, harassed and imprisoned for 7 long years, before being subject to a 5-year judiciary control,

– the Most Venerable THICH Quang Do, Born : 1928, Buddhist leader, Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Churh of VietNam (UBCV), arrested in Ho Chi MinhCity in April 1977, put on trial on 12/08/1978 and released, rearrested on 02/25/1982 and exiled to his home village of Vu Doai, returned on his own in March 1992 to Saigon, was arrested for the third time on 01/04/1995 for writing a 44 page- document detailing the persecution of the UBCV at the hands of the communist government, put on trial on 8/15/1995 and sentenced to 5 years in prison, released on 8/20/1998. The Most Venerable THICH Quang Do is the most well-known Vietnamese dissident and has been imprisoned for 15 years, for peacefully calling for religious freedom, democracy and human rights. Currently, the Most Venerable is being house arrested at Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Saigon.

Your help is highly valued. We hope that one day it will enable the Vietnamese people to live in dignity and Vietnam to become a civilized nation, free, democratic and part of the free world.

We deeply rely on your understanding and kind attention.

Please accept,
Your Holiness,
Her Majesty the Queen,
His Majesty the King,
Mr. President,
Mr. President of the International Criminal Court,
Mr. Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court,
Mr. Secretary General of the United Nations,
Mr. President of the European Parliament,
Mr. President of the Council of Europe
Mr. Secretary General of the ASEAN
Dear Prime Minister,
Dear Minister,
Dear Member of Parliament,
Dear Ambassador,
Organisations Amnesty International,
Commissions on International Religious, News Medias,
Ladies and gentlemen of the International Community,
the expression of our very respectful and grateful feelings.

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