Detention of Bui Thi Minh Hang
HANOI, January 5, 2012 – The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by reports that Bui Thi Minh Hang has been sentenced without trial to up to two years in a reeducation camp in Vietnam for participating in a peaceful protest. This lack of due process contradicts Vietnam’s commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Bui Thi Minh Hang participated in peaceful protests related to the South China Sea last year.
We call on the Vietnamese government to release Ms. Hang and all political prisoners, and affirm that no person should be imprisoned for exercising their freedoms of expression or peaceful assembly, or any internationally recognized human right. The United States regularly urges the Government of Vietnam to release unconditionally all individuals imprisoned for expression of their views.
Cooperation on human rights remains an important facet of our bilateral relationship. We continue to urge the Government of Vietnam to respect internationally recognized human rights.