Honorable Joe Biden
Vice-President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

September 15, 2010

Dear Mr. Vice President,

As a freedom advocate living in Vietnam, I would like to inform you of some significant details related to our precarious political situation. Recently, Vietnam has received a large amount of foreign investment, expanded international trade, and ODA from various wealthy democratic nations. However, instead of developing its economy the proper way and improving human rights and openness of our political system, the Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo have been implementing a counterproductive mixture of free-market economy with obsolete socialist tendencies that suppress and destabilize the political climate. As a result, the national economy is declining so severely that a possible collapse is eminent. Another problem is corruption, which can be found everywhere from top to bottom. Also, a deep hatred of leaders by the population is so profound that nationwide mass protests will inevitably happen. The communists’ brutal and systematic repression of democracy has caused many patriotic voices to courageously be raised in opposition and demanding democratic change for our country.

This turning point of our modern history coincides with the reemergence of U.S. diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. Since the end of the Cold War, respect for human rights and democracy is needed more than ever. Loyal cooperation and a stable partnership between the United States and Vietnam are required for a strong ASEAN, as well as strengthening the APEC. In order to have a substantive transition in Vietnamese politics from a dictatorial regime to a new democratic government, respect for human rights, access to information and free and fair elections are essential.

The harmonious relationship between the U.S. and South East Asia, combined with the dissidents’ non-violent strategy for People Power, can bring about the needed political change in Vietnam at this momentous time. In order to prevent social chaos, I have proposed a 9-point road map, in which:

1. The Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo must respect the freedom of information.
2. The Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo must respect freedom of expression both for the local and international mass media.
3. The Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo must release immediately and unconditionally free all prisoners of conscience, including political and religious victims as well as former Saigon government officers and soldiers.
4. The Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo must respect the freedom of religion based on international criteria.
5. The Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo must eliminate clause No. 4 of their Constitution which permits the Vietnamese Communist Party to monopolize all political power and stop the intervention of the party at all level of the government and end the party’s control and manipulation of the National assembly. The Politburo must officially return the Supreme Power to govern the country to the National Assembly.
6. The National Assembly must proclaim that from now on Vietnam is following the democratic path and respecting human rights, civil rights and private ownership.
7. The National Assembly, by a special law, should require the Vietnamese Communist Party administration to lift the one- party system at all levels.
8. The National Assembly should draw up a new Election Law enabling pluralist and multi-party participation.
9. The new administration, which has separated from the Vietnamese Communist Party, and relying on the New Electoral Law, should organize free and fair elections under the supervision of the United Nations to give birth to a constitutional congress.

I sincerely hope that the US policy will use my road map as a guide line for a peaceful democratic transition in Vietnam.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Respectfully Yours,

Dr. Nguyen Dan Que
President of Cao Trao Nhan Ban (Non-violent Human Rights Movement)

ps: Enclosed is the article “The Democracy Fix for the South China Sea” by myself and Southeast Asia specialist Al Santoli in The Asia Wall Street Journal on August 14, 2010.

CC: The Honorable Hillary Clinton Secretary of State USA.

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