Statements

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 →







Statement by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo on the Release of Musician Viet Khang

December 16, 2015

December 16, 2015 For immediate release   Ottawa, December 16, 2015 – Today Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement: “On Monday, December 14, 2015, musician Minh Tri Vo, also known as Viet Khang, was discharged from prison after serving four years for writing and posting two famous songs: “Where is my Vietnam?” and “Who are you?” “I congratulate the Vietnamese authorities for listening to the call of the international community asking for the release of Minh Tri Vo … Continue reading →







Senator Thanh Hai Ngo condemns the harsh sentence of minor by the Vietnamese People’s Court

December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015 For Immediate Release   Ottawa, December 10, 2015 – Today Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement in response to the arrest and sentencing of Nguyen Mai Trung Tuan: “I am deeply concerned about the unfair arrest of Nguyen Mai Trung Tuan and the harsh sentence he was given by the People’s Court of Thanh Hoa district, and I condemn the brutal treatment of his family and the confiscation of their land. “On November 24, 2015, … Continue reading →







Statement by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo on Human Rights Day

December 10, 2015

December 10, 2015 For Immediate Release   Ottawa, December 10, 2015 – Today Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement on Human Rights Day: “This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights form the International Bill of Rights. “On Human Rights Day, I invite all Canadians to join in celebrating 50 years … Continue reading →







Statement by Senator Ngo on the adoption of Journey to Freedom Day Bill in the Senate

December 9, 2014

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement on the adoption of Bill S-219, Journey to Freedom Day Act in the Senate: “I am extremely honoured to announce that Bill S-219, known as the Journey to Freedom Day Act, passed the Senate on December 8, 2014, and has now been referred to the House of Commons.” “The bill regarding Journey to Freedom Day, alternatively known as Black April Day by the Vietnamese-Canadian community, establishes a day to commemorate the … Continue reading →