Whereas May 11, 2004, is the fourteenth anniversary of the issuance of the Manifest of the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam and the tenth anniversary of the designation of May 11, 1994, as Vietnam Human Rights Day;
Whereas the Manifesto, which calls upon Hanoi to respect basic human rights, accept a multiparty system, and restore the right of the Vietnamese people to choose their own form of government through free and fair elections, reflects the will and aspirations of the people of Vietnam;
Whereas the author of the Manifesto, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, and uncounted numbers of innocent Vietnamese, including religious leaders, ethnic minorities are tortured, imprisoned or held under house arrest by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam because of their nonviolent struggle for freedom and human rights;
Whereas the leaders of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam are expanding diplomatic and trade relations with the rest of the world;
Whereas the United States, as leader of the free world, has a special responsibility to safeguard freedom and promote the protection of human rights throughout the world; and
Whereas the Congress urges Hanoi to release immediately and unconditionally all political prisoners, including Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, with full restoration of their civil and human rights; guarantee equal protection under the law to all Vietnamese, regardless of religious belief, political philosophy, or previous associations; restore all basic human rights, such as freedom of information, speech, religion, movement, and association; abolish the single party system and permit the functioning of all political organizations without intimidation or harassment, and announce a framework and timetable for free and fair election under the sponsorship of the United Nations that will allow the Vietnamese people to choose their own form of government;
Now, therefore, be it.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representative of the United States of America in Congress assembled that May 11, 2004, and every May 11 thereafter, are designated as “Vietnam Human Rights Day” in support of the non-violent efforts of the people of Vietnam to win recognition of basic human rights, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to commemorate such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.