Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program was established in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Congress to enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum
for Democratic Studies, NED’s research arm located in Washington, D.C. Dedicated to international exchange, the program offers a collegial environment for fellows to reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct research and writing; develop contacts and exchange ideas with counterparts in Washington, D.C.; and build ties that contribute to the development of a global network of democracy advocates.

The Way Out for China (Part XL): Thoughts on the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party -- Wei Jingsheng

According to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) today, it has reached its 90th birthday. According to its founder Chen Duxiu's words when it was still a small organization, it is already 91 years old. Like the lives of many people, this old party has changed a lot during its lifetime. From its beginning to the present, its image has completely changed. One could even could it has taken on a completely opposite personality. It is indeed different now, as it has turned good into evil.

Now, the image represented by the Chinese Communist Party is so evil it makes it hard for people to admit that indeed in the beginning it was formed by a group of well-meaning idealists. These founding fathers hated social injustice and looked forward to a better social system with equality. They were even willing to sacrifice their own lives to achieve this ideal. The founders in its earliest days, such as Chen Duxiu, Li Dazhao, Zhang Guotao (i.e. Chang Kuo-tao), Mao Zedong, along with others who continuously joined the ranks of devotees, were all passionate young people.

Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act on 24 MAY 11

Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act on 24 MAY 11

Thank you note to Senator John Cornyn

May 22nd, 2011

The Honorable John Cornyn
SH 517 US Senate
Washington DC 22510
( Attention: Grace Smitham, Megan Moore)

Dear Senator Cornyn:

We would like to express our deep appreciation for your kind sponsorship and your important speech on the 17th Commemoration of Vietnam Human Rights Day in Congress on May 11, 2011. We truly treasure your constant support of our organization as well as the common cause of human rights for Vietnam and Asia.

Trumka AFL-CIO Letter on 11 May, 2011


Senator Lugar Statement on Vietnam Human Rights Day



Anncr: Next, an editorial reflecting the views of the United States Government:

Voice: Seventeen years ago, the United States Congress designated May 11 as Vietnam Human Rights Day to highlight U.S. support for protecting and promoting basic freedoms in Vietnam. A ceremony and discussion forum was held today to mark the occasion at the U.S. Capitol, involving members of Congress, labor leaders, non-governmental groups and representatives from Vietnamese communities across America.

The date marks one of the most prominent episodes in domestic advocacy of human rights in Vietnam. On May 11, 1990, a Vietnamese physician, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, [nuh-WEE-ihn dahn KWAY] and other activists published a “Manifesto for the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam.” The Manifesto called for peaceful advocacy against repression and called on the government to respect basic human rights, accept a multi-party political system and allow free and fair national elections. Dr. Que and his fellow advocates were arrested and convicted of crimes against the state. Que has been under house arrest since 2005.

Congressional Ceremony to Commemorate Vietnam Human Rights Day May 11, 2011

Contact: Megan Vu

For immediate release:

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 a ceremony on Capitol Hill will call attention to the deteriorating human rights conditions in Vietnam. This event, held in the Hart Senate Building (Room H216) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will commemorate the anniversary of the U.S. House-Senate Joint Resolution SJ 168 designating May 11th as the Vietnam Human Rights Day.

The event is especially timely given the revolution in the Middle East and the subsequent worsening of human rights violations across Asia. Despite escalating state aggression, the people of Asia are encouraged by the movements in the Middle East and North Africa, and are organizing for change. The ceremony will be attended by delegations from China, Tibet, Laos, and Burma.

Vietnam 'seals ethnic Hmong protest site'

Vietnam has sealed off the scene of a rare protest by thousands of ethnic minority Hmong in a remote north-eastern mountainous area, reports say.

It comes after army units were sent in to quash the demonstration for greater autonomy, which started on 30 April.

Soldiers are stopping people leaving or entering the Dien Bien region, and electricity and telecommunications have reportedly been cut.

It is the most serious ethnic unrest in Vietnam for seven years, analysts say.

Vietnam troops 'use force' at rare Hmong protest

HANOI — Vietnamese soldiers clashed with ethnic Hmong after thousands staged a rare protest in a remote mountain area calling for greater autonomy and religious freedom, a military source said Thursday.

The Vietnamese army sent troop reinforcements after the demonstrations broke out several days ago in Dien Bien province in the far northwest of the communist nation, near the border with China and Laos.

Soldiers "had to disperse the crowd by force", according to the military source, who did not provide details of any casualties or the number of troops involved.


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