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(2) urges the Government of the Socialist Re

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rights to freedom of belief, expression, and as

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codes, and decrees prohibiting citizens rights to free expression, freedom of association, freedom of the press, and religious worship; and

(D) to formally commit to a framework

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and a set timetable for open and fair elections

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rificed their lives for the cause of freedom during the Vietnam War, which is under development and will be located in Westminster, California.

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Whereas 25 years after the Vietnam War ended, the Socialist

Republic of Vietnam is a one-party state ruled and con

trolled by the Vietnamese Communist Party; Whereas the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

continues to violate the liberties and civil rights of its own citizens through arbitrary arrests, detentions without trial, and the censorship of peaceful expressions of polit

ical and religious beliefs; Whereas the Department of State Country Reports on

Human Rights Practices for 1999 notes that the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam "continued to repress basic political and some religious freedoms and to commit numerous abuses”;

Whereas the Socialist Republic of Vietnam still retains Arti

cle 4 in its Constitution that ensures the supremacy of the Vietnamese Communist Party as the only political party in the country while continuing to enforce an extralegal administrative decree to detain or place under house arrest any dissidents or civilians for up to two years, without trial, under the pretext of "endangering national

security”; Whereas the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is one of the most

politically repressive and poorest countries in the world, with an average per capita income of $330;

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Whereas, according to the Department of State and inter

national human rights organizations, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam continues to restrict unregistered religious activities and persecutes citizens on the basis of their religious affiliation through arbitrary arrests and detention, harassment, physical abuse, censorship, and the denial of the rights of free association

and religious worship; Whereas the Department of State Annual Report on Inter

national Religious Freedom for 1999 on Vietnam estimates that there are from 30 to 50 religious prisoners" but “the number is difficult to verify with any precision because of the secrecy surrounding the arrest, detention, and release process";

Whereas the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

continues to prevent human rights organizations from unfettered and open investigations of allegations of statesponsored oppression of the right to worship by its citizens, and has prevented the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance, Abdelfattah Amor, from meeting with various religious leaders during his visit to Vietnam in October 1998;

Whereas the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

systematically violates the Universal · Declaration of Human Rights in contravention of its status as a mem

ber of the United Nations; Whereas the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

systematically violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in contravention of its status as a signatory to that agreement;

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Whereas April 30, 2000, marks the 25th anniversary of the

fall of Saigon to Communist forces of North Vietnam; and

Whereas it is in the interest of the United States to promote

political, religious, and economic freedom throughout the world: Now, therefore, be it

amend the text after the resolving clause to read as fol

lows:

1 That the Congress

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(1) requests the President to restate and make

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clear to the leadership of the Government of the So

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cialist Republic of Vietnam

(A) the firm commitment of the American

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people to political, religious, and economic free

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public of Vietnam

(A) to cease violations of religious freedom

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as defined by the International Religious Free

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