Statements

Senator Ngo Calls on Giant Tech Companies and the CPTPP Members to Oppose Vietnam’s New Cybersecurity Law

June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018 Today, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement regarding Vietnam’s controversial new cybersecurity law. “On June 12, 2018, the Vietnamese National Assembly approved a highly restrictive cybersecurity law that would require giant tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Apple, and Samsung to share the personal data of users in Vietnam. “When this deeply repressive law comes into effect in January 2019, the single-ruling Vietnamese Communist Party will have another harsh weapon to censor … Continue reading →


Senator Ngo objects to Canada’s contentious invitation to Vietnam to a G7 environmental protection meeting

June 6, 2018

June 6, 2018 Today, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invitation to Vietnam to the Special Outreach Session held in the context of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018, in Charlevoix, Quebec. “I am terribly concerned about Canada’s unjustified invitation to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to a special side meeting to discuss environmental responsibility without due consideration for the rampant corruption and illegal detentions by Vietnamese authorities following a severe environmental … Continue reading →


Statement on the Adoption of the South China Sea Motion

April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018 Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today made the following statement regarding the adoption of the Senate motion to urge the government to take the steps necessary to de-escalate tensions and restore peace and stability in the South China Sea: “By passing this motion, the Senate is stating its concern on China’s escalating and hostile behaviour in the South China Sea, and urging the Government of Canada to take a principled position on one of the biggest geopolitical conflicts … Continue reading →


Senator Ngo Calls on Vietnam to Release Targeted Dissidents

April 13, 2018

Ottawa, April 13, 2017 – Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today made the following statement regarding the harsh sentencing of Vietnamese political dissidents on April 5, 2018: “I condemn Vietnam’s harsh and unfair sentencing of the six human rights defenders under Article 79 of its 1999 Penal Code for ‘conducting activities to overthrow the people’s government.’ “Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Ha, both human rights lawyers, were arrested in 2015 while attempting to meet with EU delegates before an annual … Continue reading →


Senator Ngo remains concerned about human rights in Vietnam after Prime Minister Trudeau’s APEC trip

November 10, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Vietnam: “Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau concluded his visit to Vietnam, where he attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting. “While in Hanoi, the Prime Minister met with Vietnamese leaders, including the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, to discuss trade and investment, development, human rights and people-to-people ties, among other bilateral matters. Human Rights “I am pleased that the Prime Minister highlighted … Continue reading →


Senator Ngo Urges Prime Minister Trudeau to Raise Human Rights Issues During APEC Trip to Vietnam

November 6, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Vietnam: “This week, Prime Minister Trudeau, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, will attend the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week from November 8 to 11, 2017, in Vietnam. “This international forum is a unique opportunity for Prime Minister Trudeau to raise Canada’s serious concerns about the dire state of human rights in Vietnam … Continue reading →


Bill S-226 Magnitsky Law Legislative Update

October 17, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement regarding Bill S-226 the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Officials Act: “Today, the Senate unanimously passed Bill S-226 (Sergei Magnitsky Law) as amended. “This Bill authored by Senator Raynell Andreychuk, shepherd through the House of Commons by MP James Bezan, and supported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland strengthens human rights as a pillar of Canada’s foreign policy. “The Magnitsky Act will now provide Canada with a versatile set … Continue reading →


Senator Ngo Urges Canada to Increase Assistance for Rohingya Refugees

October 6, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement regarding the escalating humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar: “I join my fellow parliamentarians, the Senate Committee on Human Rights Chair Senator Jim Munson and Deputy-Chair Salma Ataullahjan to call upon military and civil officials in Myanmar to end the systematic violence against Rohingya refugees taking place in the Rakhine State. “The serious displacement of half a million Rohingya refugees, and the escalation of brutal violence, torture, and mistreatment … Continue reading →


Reconciliation Special Meeting for the Vietnamese Canadian Centre

August 9, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo made the following statement regarding the Reconciliation Special Meeting for the Vietnamese Canadian Centre: “I congratulate all those who attended the Reconciliation Special Meeting for the Vietnamese Canadian Centre on July 23rd, 2017. This meeting was an open opportunity for members of the Vietnamese Canadian community to engage in a collaborative dialogue to ensure the continuance of the Vietnamese Canadian Centre. “I was pleased to support this dialogue by providing accommodation and video conference services in … Continue reading →


Message from Senator Ngo regarding the death of Liu Xiaobo

July 14, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today expressed his deepest regrets regarding the death of Liu Xiaobo, China’s most influential dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. “I am truly saddened to learn that Liu Xiaobo died in Chinese custody on July 13, 2017. I extend my sincere condolences to his family, his loved ones and the thousands of dissidents in China whom he has inspired to fight for fundamental human rights. His long non-violent struggle for freedom in China embodies the truest … Continue reading →