We have a big thank you to send out to 15 members of Congress for their recent letter to Vietnam’s President and Prime Minister. The May 28th letter calls on Vietnam to release 28 political prisoners, highlighting in particular Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, a blogger and entrepreneur currently serving a 16-year sentence under Article 88.
The members of Congress write: “Although the government of Vietnam has indicated an interest in strengthening both economic and security ties with the United States, we are concerned that the continued imprisonment of political prisoners like Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, shows a lack of commitment and respect for human rights.”
You can read the entire letter, here.
You can also thank these members of Congress and ask for their continued support to improve human rights in Vietnam. Below, please find a list of Twitter handles for the Members and a directory to locate a Member, their phone number, and more information about them.
Suggested Twitter Message: ” . @______ Thanks f/ supporting PoCs in #Vietnam & their #humanrights. Please continue to pressure Vietnam to make positive change.”
Suggested Phone Message: “Hello. I recently learned about the letter that you and other members of Congress sent to the Vietnamese President, asking him to respect human rights and release political prisoners, including Tran Huynh Duy Thuc. I want to thank you for your support for improved human rights in Vietnam. I urge you to continue to pressure Vietnam to protect the basic human rights of its people and to end the persecution of peaceful activists. Thank you.”
Directory of Members
Twitter Information for Members
Zoe Lofgren (D), California, @RepZoeLofgren
Loretta Sanchez (D), California, @LorettaSanchez
Alan Lowenthal (D), California, @RepAlanLowenthal
Mike Thompson (D), California, @RepThompson
Dan Kildee (D), Michigan, @RepDanKildee
Sander Levin (D), Michigan, @repsandylevin
Chris Smith (R), New Jersey, @RepChrisSmith
Mark DeSaulnier (D), California, @RepDeSaulnier
Charles Rangel (D), New York @cbrangel
Barbara Lee (D), California, @RepBarbaraLee
Ted Lieu (D), California, @RepTedLieu
Adam B. Schiff (D), California, @RepAdamSchiff
Ed Royce (R), California, @RepEdRoyce
Judy Chu (D), California, @RepJudyChu
Anna G. Eshoo (D), California, @RepAnnaEshoo