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Monday, April 12, 2004

European MP and TRP speak out on Montagnard Persecution 

From: scott Johnson
To: scottj@mail2me.com.au
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 3:24 AM
Subject: European MP and TRP speak out on Montagnard Persecution


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VIETNAM/REPRESSION OF THE MONTAGNARDS
THE PROHIBITION OF ACCESS OF INTERNATIONAL MONITORS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND
FOREIGN INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS TO THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS OF VIETNAM IS THE
PREMISE FOR THE HARSH REPRESSION OF THE MONTAGNARD PEOPLE.

PRESS RELEASE

April 12, 2004
Statement by Hon. Marco Cappato, Member of the European Parliament and
Matteo Mecacci, Member of the General Council of the Transnational Radical
Party

"Over the last few days international news agencies have reported that since
April 9, with the beginning of mass demonstrations and public prayers in the
Central Highlands of Vietnam, all foreigners have been prevented by the
Vietnamese Government to travel to the region, including journalists and
foreign diplomats.

The demonstrations were staged by thousands of Montagnard people to request
the respect of religious freedom, indigenous people's rights and the access
to the region of international agencies to monitor the respect of human
rights.

This behaviour by the Vietnamese Government must not be tolerated by the
international community, which richly finances the Hanoi Government. There
are in fact reports coming directly from the Central Highlands of Vietnam of
mass killings, torture, beatings and mistreatment of the Montagnard people
by the Vietnamese police and army, and also reports of the instigation of
Vietnamese civilians by the authorities against the Montagnard people.

Thousands of people are reported to be surrounded by the army and the police
in their villages and threatened to be killed if they dare to escape trying
to cross the border to Cambodia. Many people are hiding in the jungle
between Cambodia and Vietnam and are hunted down by the Government.

In a world where journalists and independent monitors are able to report
from war torn countries and regions, the international community cannot
tolerate the prohibition imposed by the Vietnamese Government, which
blatantly contradicts the provisions contained in Article 19 of the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Right on freedom of opinion
and expression that is binding to Vietnam.[1]

While we welcome the statements issued yesterday by the Italian foreign
Minister Hon. Franco Frattini and European Commission President Romano
Prodi, who announced political and diplomatic pressure on the Government of
Vietnam to open up the Central Highlands to international scrutiny, we deem
necessary that also other Governments and international institutions will
reinforce such commitments.

We also take this opportunity to appeal to international NGOs, which
advocate for the respect human rights and freedom of the press, to take
action and request freedom of access to the the central highlands of
Vietnam.

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