Letter of Congressman Dan Burton to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee

February 1, 1992


“Dr. Nguyen Dan Que is the leader of the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam. He is currently serving a 20 year sentence imposed by the Vietnamese government on June 16, 1990 for his efforts to bring democracy, freedom, and human rights to Vietnam. Previously imprisoned from 1978 to 1988, Dr. Que has committed his life to the non-violent pursuit of human dignity and human rights for all Vietnamese people Dr. Que’s struggle and heroic sacrifice exemplify the ideals of the Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Award.” (Congressional Human Rights Foundation, June 1994)


“I would like to nominate Dr. Nguyen Dan Que of Vietnam for the 1994 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award… Dr. Que has crusaded for human rights in Vietnam for almost twenty years. In the face of personal danger, he has battled relentlessly for freedom of expression, association, and assembly and for the acceptance of a multiparty system and free and fair elections.” (Letter of nomination from Eric Stover, Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, June 6, 1994)


“Dr. Que’s story is one that the whole world deserves to know. His life’s experiences and commitment to the people of Vietnam embody all aspects that the Nobel Peace Prize represents… Dr. Que has demonstrated for more than 20 years the fight for human rights and against the totalitarian regime” (Letter of Congresswoman Leslie L. Byrne to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, January 28, 1994)

“While we members of Congress continue our support of this gentleman’s efforts, he remains a prisoner in a rural Vietnam labor camp. To acknowledge the sacrifice and dedication Dr. Que has demonstrated for the welfare of his people and country, I respectfully encourage you and your committee to consider him for this deserved prize” (Letter of Congressman James P. Moran to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, January 28, 1994)

“Dr. Que has given up nearly twenty years of his life to fight for human rights and the traditional values of the Vietnamese people, and against the totalitarian regime that currently rules his homeland… Dr. Nguyen Dan Que’s life exemplifies the ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize, and I urge you and your colleagues to consider him for this important award.” (Letter of Senator Charles S. Robb to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, January 25, 1993)

“I am writing in support of those who are urging that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize be bestowed on Dr. Nguyen Dan Que… Dr. Que has amply demonstrated his courage in the face of oppression, not only in speaking out for democracy, but also in forming an organization to pursue this objective. For this peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association, Dr. Que was imprisoned.” (Letter of Lane Kirkland, President of AFL-CIO, to Nobel Peace Prize Committee, August 6, 1993)

“Again, I urge the Committee to award Dr. Que the Nobel Prize for Peace Through his opposition to the abuse of the Vietnamese government, he has worked to bring peace to Southeast Asia, a region too long ravaged by war and death. Granting this award to Dr. Que would greatly enhance his work of bringing peace and democracy to a region that needs and deserves both.” (Letter of Senator J. Robert Kerrey to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, January 31, 1992)

“We can feel confident that the totalitarian regime in Vietnam will one day give way to a government which guards human rights and encourages freedom because of men like Dr. Que in the forefront of that struggle in Vietnam. It is my honor to recommend Dr. Nguyen Dan Que for the Nobel Peace Prize, and with your positive selection, you can make a great contribution to the growing tide of freedom and human rights around the world.”

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