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Procedimiento : 2009/2778(RSP)
Ciclo de vida en sesión
Ciclo relativo al documento : B7-0179/2009

Textos presentados :


Debates :

PV 26/11/2009 - 12.2
CRE 26/11/2009 - 12.2

Votaciones :

PV 26/11/2009 - 13.2

Textos aprobados :


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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0157/2009

with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

pursuant to Rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure

on Vietnam and Laos

Christian Engström, Emilie Turunen, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Gerald Häfner, Heidi Hautala on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on Vietnam and Laos  

The European Parliament,

-     having regard to the 15th ASEAN Summit Meeting of 23 to 25 October 2009,


-     having regard to the inauguration of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights on 23 October 2009,


-     having regard to Rule 122(5) of its Rules of Procedure,




-     having regard to the Universal Peer Report adopted by the Human Rights Council on 24 September 2009,


-     having regard to the 2004 Ordinance on Beliefs and Religions, which affirms the right to freedom of religion,


-     having regard to the bi-annual EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogues,


A.  whereas Vietnam has ratified most international human rights conventions and when assuming the chair of ASEAN in 2010 can set an example in improving its human rights practices,


B.   whereas hundreds of people are currently imprisoned in Viet Nam for their religious or political beliefs, notably at 300 Montagnard Christians, Ngugen Van Ly, a Catholic priest, Nguyen Thi Hong, a Mennonite pastor, members of the Cao Dai faith, and at least five Hoa Hao Buddhists,


C.  whereas all religious groups must be authorised by the government and overseen by government-appointed management committees and whereas many religious organisations face bans and a persecution of its members if they wish to preserve government independence, notably the United Buddhist Church of Viet Nam,


D.  whereas in September 2009, the authorities cracked down on the Buddhist center at Bat Nha monastery founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Buddhist monk, human rights and peace activist, who had returned to Viet Nam in 2005 after many long years in exile, and violently evicted over 150 monks,


E.   whereas the assault on the monastery is considered by many to be linked to the 10-point-proposal for religious reforms which Thich Nhat Hanh had presented to the Vietnamese President Triet in 2007,


F.   whereas in absence of independent human rights organisations, Church leaders often take on the role of human rights defenders fighting for more tolerance and democratic principles,


1.   Expresses its concern that respect for human rights and religious freedom in Viet Nam have deteriorated considerably since Viet Nam was accepted into the World Trade Organisation in 2008;


2.   Calls on the government to disband the religious police and to repeal or amend national security laws used to criminalize peaceful dissent and to release all prisoners of conscience, including Thich Quang Do, Supreme Patriarch of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam who is under house arrest;

3.   Calls on the government to put into place an independent national human rights commission, to receive and investigate allegations of torture or other abuses of power by public officials, including members of the security services and to initiate criminal and disciplinary proceedings to abolish the death penalty;


4.   In view of Vietnam’s role as member of the Security Council, calls on the government to issue standing invitations to UN special rapporteurs, notably on freedom of expression, religious freedom, torture, human rights defenders, violence against women and to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention;


5.   Urges the authorities to lift internet and blogging controls and prohibition on privately owned media and to allow groups and individuals to promote human rights and to express their opinions freely;


6.   Urges the authorities to expedite local registration of religious organizations and to find equitable solutions to religious property rights disputes;



A. whereas Laos ratified on 29 September 2009 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

B.  whereas 10 years after the peaceful protests of 26 October 1999 launched by students and teachers of Vientiane, the main leaders of the movement, Thongpaseuth Keuakoun, Seng-Aloun Phengphanh, Bouavanh Chanmanivong and Kèochay, are still held in secret detention while there are reports that Khamphouvieng Sisa-At has died in prison,

C.  whereas in the wake of the commemoration of the violent crack down on 2 November 2009 more than 300 people, who were preparing for a peaceful demonstration in Vientiane for human rights and political reforms were arrested,

D.  whereas Laos continues to persecute Hmong communities because of a Hmong insurgency that dates back to the 1960s, including through arrests, torture, sexual abuse, and extrajudicial killings of Hmongs living in areas of Laos suspected of being insurgency regions,

E.  whereas 5,000 Lao Hmong are currently detained in Huay Nam Khao Camp in Thailand and subject to deportation as a result of an agreement between the governments of Thailand and Laos and another 158, including 85 children, have been detained in abusive conditions for over three years in Bangkok,


1.   Welcomes the ratification by the Laotian Government of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and hopes that this will lead to a adaptation of Laotian law to internationally agreed standards notably when it comes to freedom speech, assembly and faith;


2.   Reiterates its demand for the immediate release of the leaders of the "Student Movement of 26 October 1999" as well as of all the prisoners of conscience held in Laos;


3.   Calls on the Laotian authorities to release unconditionally all those people arrested during the attempted peaceful demonstration on 2 November 2009;


4.   Calls on the Thai authorities to immediately end the detention of 158 Lao Hmong refugees and to permit them to resettle in Thailand or in United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia who have already agreed to take them.; calls, equally, on the Thai government to guarantee that all Lao Hmong in Huay Nam Khao Camp have access to screening and status determination procedures if they wish to make an asylum claim, prior to deportation or forced return;


5.        Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and the governments and parliaments of Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.



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