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Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2015

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Official Title as Introduced

To promote freedom, human rights, and the rule of law as part of United States-Vietnam relations.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
04/30/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (6)

Date
05/20/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
05/14/2015Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Unanimous Consent .
Action By: House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
05/14/2015Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
05/07/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
04/30/2015Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/30/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Foreign Affairs04/30/2015 Referred to
House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations05/07/2015 Referred to
05/14/2015 Markup by
05/14/2015 Reported by
House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific05/20/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in House (04/30/2015)

Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2015

This bill prohibits U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance to the government of Vietnam in excess of FY2014 amounts unless the President certifies to Congress that the government of Vietnam has made substantial progress respecting political, civil, media, Internet, and religious freedoms, minority rights, access to U.S. refugee programs, and actions to end trafficking in persons and the release of religious and political prisoners.

The President may waive such requirements:

  • if increased U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance would promote the purposes of this Act or is otherwise in the U.S. national interest,
  • with respect to all U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance to Vietnam, or to one or more programs or projects.

It is the sense of Congress that:

  • it shall be U.S. policy that further easing of the prohibition on the sale of lethal military equipment to Vietnam shall require Vietnam to take additional and sustained steps to advance human rights protections;
  • the United States should take measures to overcome the jamming of Radio Free Asia by Vietnam and that the Broadcasting Board of Governors should not cut staffing, funding, or broadcast hours for the Vietnamese language services of the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia;
  • U.S.-Vietnam educational and cultural exchange programs should promote freedom and democracy in Vietnam;
  • Vietnam should be designated as a country of particular concern for religious freedom; and
  • Vietnam does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance.