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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 26. Commending the International Organization for Freedom to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam

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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 26
Offered April 18, 2001
Commending the International Organization for Freedom to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam for their continued struggle in support of human rights in Vietnam.
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Patrons-- Hull, Almand, Amundson, Armstrong, Barlow, Baskerville, Bennett, Brink, Christian, Clement, Cranwell, Crittenden, Darner, Day, DeBoer, Diamonstein, Dickinson, Grayson, Hall, Jackson, Joannou, Johnson, Jones, J.C., Keister, McEachin, Melvin, Moran, Moss, Phillips, Plum, Pollard, Robinson, Scott, Shuler, Stump, Tate, Thomas, Van Landingham, Van Yahres, Watts, Williams and Woodrum; Senators: Byrne, Couric, Edwards, Howell, Lambert, Marsh, Maxwell, Miller, Y.B., Puckett, Puller, Ticer and Whipple
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Unanimous consent to introduce
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WHEREAS, the International Organization for Freedom to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam was instrumental in having May 11, 1994, declared Vietnam Human Rights Day in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, May 11, 2001, is the seventh anniversary of Vietnam Human Rights Day in Virginia and the eleventh anniversary of the issuance of the Manifesto of the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, the Manifesto--which calls upon Hanoi to respect basic human rights, accept a multi-party system, and restore the right of the Vietnamese people to choose their own form of government through free and fair elections--reflects the will and aspirations of the people of Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, thousands of innocent Vietnamese, including religious leaders, have been and continue to be imprisoned by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam because of their nonviolent struggle for freedom and human rights; and

WHEREAS, the leaders of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam are seeking to expand diplomatic and trade relations with the rest of the world; and

WHEREAS, the International Organization for Freedom to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam feels that the United States of America, as the leader of the free world, has a special responsibility to safeguard freedom and promote the protection of human rights throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, the International Organization for Freedom to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam has urged Congress and the President of the United States to call upon Hanoi to release immediately and unconditionally all political prisoners, with full restoration of their civil and human rights; guarantee equal protection under the law to all Vietnamese, regardless of religious belief, political philosophy, or previous associations; restore all basic human rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, movement and association; abolish the single party system and permit the functioning of all political organizations without intimidation or harassment; and announce a framework and timetable for free and fair elections under the sponsorship of the United Nations that will allow the Vietnamese people to choose their own form of government; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the International Organization for Freedom to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam be commended for their continued struggle in support of human rights in Vietnam; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the International Organization for Freedom to Support the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam as an expression of the General Assembly's respect for Vietnam Human Rights Day on May 11, 2001.

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