Senator Ngo remains concerned about human rights in Vietnam after Prime Minister Trudeau’s APEC trip

November 10, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Vietnam: “Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau concluded his visit to Vietnam, where he attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting. “While in Hanoi, the Prime Minister met with Vietnamese leaders, including the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, to discuss trade and investment, development, human rights and people-to-people ties, among other bilateral matters. Human Rights “I am pleased that the Prime Minister highlighted … Continue reading →


Senator Ngo Urges Prime Minister Trudeau to Raise Human Rights Issues During APEC Trip to Vietnam

November 6, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Vietnam: “This week, Prime Minister Trudeau, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, will attend the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week from November 8 to 11, 2017, in Vietnam. “This international forum is a unique opportunity for Prime Minister Trudeau to raise Canada’s serious concerns about the dire state of human rights in Vietnam … Continue reading →


Bill S-226 Magnitsky Law Legislative Update

October 17, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement regarding Bill S-226 the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Officials Act: “Today, the Senate unanimously passed Bill S-226 (Sergei Magnitsky Law) as amended. “This Bill authored by Senator Raynell Andreychuk, shepherd through the House of Commons by MP James Bezan, and supported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland strengthens human rights as a pillar of Canada’s foreign policy. “The Magnitsky Act will now provide Canada with a versatile set … Continue reading →


Senator Ngo Urges Canada to Increase Assistance for Rohingya Refugees

October 6, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today issued the following statement regarding the escalating humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar: “I join my fellow parliamentarians, the Senate Committee on Human Rights Chair Senator Jim Munson and Deputy-Chair Salma Ataullahjan to call upon military and civil officials in Myanmar to end the systematic violence against Rohingya refugees taking place in the Rakhine State. “The serious displacement of half a million Rohingya refugees, and the escalation of brutal violence, torture, and mistreatment … Continue reading →


Reconciliation Special Meeting for the Vietnamese Canadian Centre

August 9, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo made the following statement regarding the Reconciliation Special Meeting for the Vietnamese Canadian Centre: “I congratulate all those who attended the Reconciliation Special Meeting for the Vietnamese Canadian Centre on July 23rd, 2017. This meeting was an open opportunity for members of the Vietnamese Canadian community to engage in a collaborative dialogue to ensure the continuance of the Vietnamese Canadian Centre. “I was pleased to support this dialogue by providing accommodation and video conference services in … Continue reading →


Message from Senator Ngo regarding the death of Liu Xiaobo

July 14, 2017

Senator Thanh Hai Ngo today expressed his deepest regrets regarding the death of Liu Xiaobo, China’s most influential dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. “I am truly saddened to learn that Liu Xiaobo died in Chinese custody on July 13, 2017. I extend my sincere condolences to his family, his loved ones and the thousands of dissidents in China whom he has inspired to fight for fundamental human rights. His long non-violent struggle for freedom in China embodies the truest … Continue reading →


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 →