Statements

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 →







Statement of October 22 events at Parliament Hill

October 23, 2014

My dear friends: I wish to thank everyone for their concerns, well wishes, prayers, phone calls and emails in light of yesterday’s attack on Parliament Hill. I wish to reassure you that all Parliamentarians, including myself and the Prime Minister, are in good health thanks to the excellent work of first responders, police forces, and Parliament Hill security personnel who came quickly and to assist those of us who were close to the attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with … Continue reading →







Senator Ngo alarmed by prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic

August 29, 2014

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement condemning the alarming prison sentences for three Vietnamese democracy activists for hindering traffic in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. “These pointless prison terms were handed down against three peaceful Vietnamese democracy activists for allegedly obstructing traffic as they rode their motorbikes to visit a former political prisoner in Dong Thap province.” “I categorically condemn the convictions of Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh … Continue reading →







Statement by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo

August 23, 2014

“Today we pay tribute to the people who have suffered and died because of the actions of Communist and totalitarian regimes.” “August 23 was declared Black Ribbon Day in memory of the victims of these regimes, and the date coincides with the signing of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union in 1939.” “Black Ribbon Day reminds us of the struggle to fight oppression and to promote democracy around the world. It is also a … Continue reading →







STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA in Toronto

June 2, 2014

Statement Date: May 30, 2014 Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following remarks at the Tribute to Liberty Dinner in Toronto: “Thank you very much. “Thank you, Senator Ngo for that kind introduction, and thank you all, ladies and gentlemen, for that very warm welcome. “Distinguished guests, colleagues from the Parliament of Canada, ladies and gentlemen. “We know the reason why we’re gathered together this evening, but let me briefly share with you the how. “In 2008, Tribute to … Continue reading →







Statement from Senator Thanh Hai Ngo in response to the “aggressive” Chinese invasion of Vietnam’s territorial waters

May 14, 2014

The Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo May 14, 2014 For immediate release “I am deeply concerned about the People’s Republic of China’s aggressive action in the South China Sea. China’s exploratory rig and 80-ship armada’s venture into waters near the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos is a gross violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, exclusive economic rights and continental shelf.” “The deliberate aggressions that followed China’s sea grab since May 2 remain a serious concern. China’s illegal drilling plans and blatant hostile acts … Continue reading →