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 →

Vietnamese Association, Toronto Annual Christmas Gift Giving

December 18, 2016

Senator Ngo was invited by the Vietnamese Association Toronto to attend the annual Community Year End Party and Gift Giving to Children Event in Toronto, with gifts that were donated by the community within the GTA and surrounding regions, for children who are less fortunate.

Press Release – Senator Ngo Supports the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law)

December 15, 2016

PRESS RELEASE The Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo December 15, 2016 For immediate release Senator Ngo Supports the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) OTTAWA, December 15, 2016 – Senator Ngo today expressed his support for Bill S-226, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Officials Act (Magnitsky Law.) This bill, currently before the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, would enable the Government of Canada to establish sanctions against foreign nationals responsible for … Continue reading →

Motion on the South China Sea

December 1, 2016

The South China Sea will shape the course of the 21st century. Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam have each claimed part of the resource-rich region, and have drawn upon centuries of history to justify their claims. These overlapping claims have created friction between these countries, and the ongoing competition to control the South China Sea has erupted in armed clashes between militaries, coast guard fleets, and fishing vessels in the past. The South China Sea disputes have … 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 →