Senator Ngo Condemns Vietnam’s Harsh Sentencing of Peaceful Bloggers

July 6, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today made the following statement on the rising trend in violent attacks against independent bloggers, and the Communist Party’s increased crackdown on human rights activists in Vietnam: “I unequivocally condemn the arrest of the blogger and single mother of two, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as Mother Mushroom, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday, June 29, 2017, after being found guilty of distorting government policies and defaming the Communist regime in … Continue reading →

Message from Senator Thanh Hai Ngo on Canada Day

July 1, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, today released the following statement regarding the upcoming celebration of Canada Day: “Canada’s 150th Anniversary is a wonderful milestone date for Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate the people who make Canada great and remember the unforgettable moments that have shaped our country. “Canada was built in large part upon the hard work of millions of immigrants who hoped for a better life – among them were the Vietnamese ‘Boat People’ who embarked on a … Continue reading →

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo celebrates Canada 150

June 29, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, today released the following statement regarding the upcoming celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation: “Canada’s Sesquicentennial is a historical moment for all our citizens from across the country to come together to celebrate the unforgettable moments that have shaped our country. July 1st, 2017 is also an opportunity to celebrate our common sense of Canadian nationality based on diversity. Canada was after all built in large part upon the hard work of millions of immigrants … Continue reading →

Senator Ngo Condemns Severe Human Rights Violations in Vietnam

May 16, 2017

On May 16, 2017, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement regarding recent cases of severe human rights violations in Vietnam: “I am seriously concerned about the excessive harassment of Catholic priest Father Dang Huu Nam, who was harshly defamed through a denouncement campaign organized by local communist authorities. “Earlier this month, Father Dang Huu Nam and his parishioners were subjected to ongoing state-sponsored harassment and provocation for calling for accountability and responsibility for the victims of the Formosa … Continue reading →

Senator Ngo Condemns Murder of Worshipers at Québec City Mosque

January 30, 2017

OTTAWA – Senator Thanh Hai Ngo released this statement following the deadly attacks on worshipers at the Sainte-Foy Islamic Cultural Centre: “I express my deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in the attack at the Quebec City Islamic Centre. I condemn the tragic and fatal shooting of worshipers at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec located in the Ste-Foy neighborhood of the city of Quebec. This senseless attack in a peaceful place of … Continue reading →

Statement by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo on the 2017 Summer Internship Program

January 19, 2017

Today Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement on the 2017 Summer Internship Program: “I am proud to announce the opening of this year’s Summer Internship Program application period. I deeply encourage all full-time Vietnamese-Canadian university students across the nation to apply to this opportunity in order to gain unique and valuable work experience in the Senate of Canada for this upcoming summer. “The objective of this Internship program is to provide interns with marketable skills and practical work … Continue reading →

Minister Dion Must Urge Greater Respect for Human Rights during His Trip to Vietnam

September 1, 2016

September 1, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Senate of Canada “Canada’s serious concerns about the critical state of human rights in Vietnam should be the focal point of Minister Stéphane Dion’s official trip to Vietnam and Cambodia from September 2 to 8, 2016 as he promotes regional security, dialogue, trade and climate action. “This first official trip to Vietnam is a unique opportunity for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to directly call for greater respect of human rights, and to … Continue reading →

Senators hear from human rights activists about political prisoners in Vietnam  

June 8, 2016

Ottawa, June 28, 2016 A woman from Vietnam whose husband has been imprisoned without charge in the socialist country asked for senators’ help on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in securing his release. Human rights activists estimate that there are currently 200 political prisoners in Vietnam, imprisoned simply for speaking their minds. Vu Minh Khanh appeared for a special session of the Senate Committee on Human Rights to talk about ongoing human rights abuses in Vietnam. Vu, a human rights activist herself, is seeking … Continue reading →

Senator Ngo Calls for a Peaceful Solution in Nagorno-Karabakh

April 12, 2016

Ottawa, April 12, 2015 “The armed clashes that escaladed along the borders of Nagorno-Karabagh during the first week of April 2016 was a time of deep concern. “As reported, these violent attacks initiated by Azerbaijan have led to the worst escalation of violence in that region since 1994. Which is why I am pleased to learn that a ceasefire between the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces is now in place. “I firmly believe that a peaceful settlement must be reached through … Continue reading →

Severe Crackdown on Freedom of Expression Continues in Vietnam

April 12, 2016

Ottawa, April 12, 2015  “I am extremely concerned about the series of harsh sentences imposed on democracy activists and online bloggers who have peacefully spoken out against the Vietnamese Communist regime. “Vietnam continues to imprison anyone who challenges the authority of the single‑party regime, despite promises of reforms made during their National Congress and the short‑lived “human rights honeymoon” observed during the TPP negotiations. These reports of Vietnamese dissidents sentenced to prison in a renewed crackdown on free expression are … Continue reading →