Text: S.J.Res.168 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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[Congressional Bills 103th Congress]
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[S.J. Res. 168 Referred in House (RFH)]

  2d Session
S. J. RES. 168



                              May 5, 1994

       Referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service


                            JOINT RESOLUTION

       Designating May 11, 1994, as ``Vietnam Human Rights Day''.

Whereas May 11, 1994, is the fourth anniversary of the issuance of the Manifesto 
        of the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam;
Whereas the Manifesto, which calls upon Hanoi to respect basic human rights, 
        accept a multiparty system, and restore the right of the Vietnamese 
        people to choose their own form of government through free and fair 
        elections, reflects the will and aspirations of the people of Vietnam;
Whereas the author of the Manifesto, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, and thousands of 
        innocent Vietnamese, including religious leaders, are imprisoned by the 
        Socialist Republic of Vietnam because of their nonviolent struggle for 
        freedom and human rights;
Whereas the leaders of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam are seeking to expand 
        diplomatic and trade relations with the rest of the world;
Whereas the United States, as the leader of the free world, has a special 
        responsibility to safeguard freedom and promote the protection of human 
        rights throughout the world; and
Whereas the Congress urges Hanoi to release immediately and unconditionally all 
        political prisoners, including Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, with full restoration 
        of their civil and human rights; guarantee equal protection under the 
        law to all Vietnamese, regardless of religious belief, political 
        philosophy, or previous associations; restore all basic human rights, 
        such as freedom of speech, religion, movement, and association; abolish 
        the single party system and permit the functioning of all political 
        organizations without intimidation or harassment and announce a 
        framework and timetable for free and fair election under the sponsorship 
        of the United Nations that will allow the Vietnamese people to choose 
        their own form of government: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress assembled, That May 11, 1994, is 
designated as ``Vietnam Human Rights Day'' in support of efforts by the 
Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam to achieve freedom and 
human rights for the people of Vietnam, and the President is authorized 
and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the 
United States to commemorate such day with appropriate ceremonies and 

            Passed the Senate May 4 (legislative day, May 2), 1994.


                                                MARTHA S. POPE,