Viet Khang Movement
|Viet Khang Movement|
|Part of response to the arrest of Viet Khang|
|Date||February 7, 2012
|Location||U.S.A and Worldwide|
Viet Khang Movement is a global political, human rights, religious freedom and social equality advocacy movement. It calls on the U.S. government and others to investigate human rights abuses and oppression in Vietnam in response to the arrest of Viet Khang by the Vietnamese secret police.
The movement was started by a group of Vietnamese Americans spearheaded by Truc Ho and Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang of BPSOS, along with other Vietnamese American community leaders. The group called on all Vietnamese-Americans to sign the "We, The People" petition to the Obama administration.
The movement galvanized hundreds of thousand Vietnamese Americans who oppose what they see as the Vietnamese government's brutal treatment, excessive force by state security apparatus, imprisonments, tortures of non-violent protesters of the Chinese invasion of Vietnam's Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands, dissenting bloggers, farmers, workers, prisoners of conscience and religious leaders.
More than 130,000 signed within weeks of the creation of the petition on Feb 07, 2012. When the signatures exceeded the required 25,000 signature threshold, White House staff contacted the leaders to schedule a meeting on March 5, 2012 to discuss their concerns.
On March 5, 2012, several hundred Vietnamese-American delegations arrived from the U.S, Canada, France, and Australia to meet with the administration, to protest and to deliver their petition to the administration. On March 6, the delegations scheduled meetings with their home-state representatives to present their concerns over human right violations in Vietnam and press for the immediate release of Viet Khang and other prisoners of conscience in Vietnam.
- Viet Khang Movement petition on the White House website
- "Vietnamese-Americans storm Washington DC to lobby for human rights in Vietnam". Tây Sơn News Wire. March 5, 2012.
- Kopetman, Roxana (March 5, 2012). "O.C. Vietnamese Americans meet with leaders in D.C.". Orange County Register.
- Tilove, Jonathan (March 7, 2012). "Former Rep. Anh 'Joseph' Cao urges tougher line against Vietnam". Times-Picayune.