The following is a press release from Sen. Edward Markey’s office.
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today, May 28, sent a bicameral letter with 23 other House and Senate colleagues to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighting a number of troubling cases of arrests and detentions of independent journalists in Vietnam.
“Vietnam is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and as such has committed to respecting individual freedoms of belief, speech, association, press, and the right to uphold assembly and political expression,” write the lawmakers in their letter to Secretary Pompeo. “The United States has an obligation to both raise these egregious human and political rights violations with its Vietnamese counterparts and take steps to attempt to shape the behavior of the Communist Party of Vietnam.”
A copy of the letter can be found HERE.