Thursday, July 9, 2009

Letter of thanks to 37 US Senators
who have written to SRVN's President
to ask for freedom to prisonners of conscience in Vietnam

Bloc 8406
Manifesto on Freedom and Democracy for Vietnam, 2006.

Vietnam, July 6th, 2009

Dear USSenators,

We, the representatives of Bloc 8406, a movement for human rights and democracy in Vietnamthat was co-founded by Reverend Nguyen Van Ly on 8 April 2006, have just received a copy of your letter to Mr. Nguyễn Minh Triết, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, asking him to set free at once and unconditionally Reverend Nguyen Van Ly. The letter also inquires about the health status of this prisoner of conscience.

We write this letter to thank you for the following reasons:

1. - You are directly concerned about our friend, a peaceful fighter who was put into communist jails four times already ‒ this year being his 17thyear in prison ‒ only because of his struggle for religious freedom, human rights and democracy.

2. - Using the case of Reverend Ly, you also indirectly made it known that you are concerned about all of the dissidents in Vietnam who are subject of harassment, house-arrest and prison because of their struggle for freedom of religion, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association.

3. - With your letter you recognized the injustices found in the legal institutions of Vietnamin general and in the courts of Vietnamin particular, the typical example of which was the trial of Reverend Nguyen Van Ly. This is a sad reality, that all our people are suffering under the totalitarian communist regime.

Please continue to campaign for the liberation of Reverend Nguyen Van Ly and other prisoners of conscience in Vietnam, among who are 30 members of our Bloc 8406, and especially to campaign for our Vietnamto have all the human rights as defined in the International Conventions that Vietnamhas signed to participate in.

The Interim Board of Representatives of Bloc 8406:

Mr. Do Nam Hai, 441, Nguyen Kiem St, Ward 9, Phu Nhuan District, Saigon.
Mr. Tran Anh Kim, 502, Tran Hung Dao St, ThaiBinhCity, Thai Binh.
Rev. Phan Van Loi,16/46 Trần Phú, Huế
Mr. Nguyen Chinh Ket, 6/8A Quang Trung St, Ward 8, Go Vap District, Saigon (right now on mission abroad on behalf of Bloc 8406).