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 →

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo Disappointed by the Closure

April 1, 2016

Ottawa, April 1, 2016 “I am deeply disappointed to learn that the Trudeau government has decided to end the mandate of the Office of Religious Freedom, despite clear support from various community, religious and faith groups across the country and despite an urgent need to protect Canadian values abroad. “Religious freedom is a very important universal right for Canadians, and yet we are witnessing an increasing number of violations of religious freedom that are having devastating effects on individuals and … Continue reading →

Statement on the Devastating Taiwan Earthquake

February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016 The Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group issued the following statement in response to the earthquake that occurred in southern Taiwan on Saturday, February 6, 2016: “The Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group would like to express their deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones as a result of the earthquake in southern Taiwan. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Taiwan affected by this earthquake as well as those Taiwanese-Canadians who have felt the impact of … Continue reading →

Statement by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo on the Monument to Victims of Communism Government Announcement

December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015 For immediate release   Ottawa, December 18, 2015 – Today Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement in response to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s latest announcement: “I am disappointed to hear that the construction of the Memorial to Victims of Communism will be significantly delayed, even though numerous Canadian communities have voiced their support for the commemoration Memorial. “The proposed changes to the Memorial—which include moving it to a different location, capping government funding at … Continue reading →

Statement by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo on the Ongoing Crackdown of Democracy Activists in Vietnam

December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 For immediate release   Ottawa, December 17, 2015 – Today Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement: “I am very concerned that the Vietnamese police placed human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai into custody on December 16, 2015, and charged him under Article 88 of the Penal Code for “conducting propaganda against the state of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security presented these accusations against him while revoking his legal licence and … Continue reading →