Human Rights Concerns in Vietnam

Thank-you, Deputy Speaker, and I rise today
to speak on behalf of my Vietnamese Australian constituents in Hotham and the Vietnamese
Australian community, Australia wide. I do so because, today, we have 100 incredible
Vietnamese Australian community leaders, here, in our Parliament, visiting us and they’re
listening to these speeches from the main committee room. To the delegation, can I say, Kinh chao quy vi (Welcome everyone)
Chao don quy vi den quoc hoi lien bang Uc Chau (Welcome everyone to the Australia parliament
House). I want to thank all of you for taking the
time to be here for this very important discussion. Deputy Speaker, the reason that this delegation
has come, really from all corners of our country, is to raise the urgent situation for human
rights in Vietnam. We have a community of people, living in this
country who have worked so hard to build an incredible life and an incredible community,
here in Australia but when they look back to Vietnam, what they see is a very tragic
deterioration in the human rights situation for their cousins, and their brothers and
sisters and family members that they’ve left behind. Deputy Speaker, we heard some incredibly important
concerns about religious freedoms not being protected in Vietnam. We heard about a new, draconian, cyber security
law, which we’re very concerned to hear will be used to surveil on Vietnamese. We heard about some very concerning issues
around the use of police powers, particularly preventing people from engaging in peaceful
protest and some appalling treatment of people who are in prison, including deaths
in custody. The Australian Parliament must, must, do more
about these important issues that affect so many of our friends here in Australia and
in Vietnam.

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