Cornyn Introduces Bill to Promote Human Rights in Vietnam

I introduced the Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act of 2019, legislation that would impose sanctions and travel restrictions on Vietnamese nationals complicit in human rights abuses.

Before the United States and Vietnam deepen bilateral ties as many of us in both nations would like, Vietnam must improve its human rights record. The people of Vietnam deserve better.  This bill would ensure the United States continues to put pressure on the Vietnam government to end its oppressive regime and respect the basic human rights of its citizens.

The Vietnam Human Rights Sanction Act would:

  • Direct the President to compile a list of Vietnamese nationals deemed to be complicit in human rights abuses in Vietnam, prohibit those individuals from entering the United States, and impose financial sanctions on them.  The sanctions may be terminated if the President certifies to Congress that the Vietnam government has released all political prisoners, ceased its practices of violence, detention, and abuse of Vietnamese citizens engaged in peaceful political activity, and conducted a transparent investigation into the killings, arrests, and abuse of such political activists and prosecuted those responsible.
  • Express the sense of Congress that, due to Vietnam’s atrocious record on religious freedom, the Secretary of State should re-designate Vietnam a “country of particular concern” (CPC) with respect to religious freedom under the International Religious Freedom Act.

This bill is cosponsored by Sens. John Boozman (R-AR), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).


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