Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2013
REP. SANCHEZ RESPONDS TO VIETNAMESE PRESIDENT’S MEETING WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today released a statement after President Barack Obama met with Vietnamese President, Mr. Truong Tan Sang. Rep. Sanchez held a bipartisan press conference earlier this week calling on Vietnam to halt human rights abuses.
“While I am pleased to hear that the two presidents discussed human rights issues in Vietnam, I’m disappointed that President Obama did not address specific cases like the urgent cases of blogger Dieu Cay or human rights attorney Le Quoc Quan.
“I will stress again that as we expand our nation’s diplomatic relations with the Vietnamese government a free trade agreement, specifically the Trans-Pacific Partnership, must be met with human rights benchmarks.
“Vietnam must honor its citizens’ basic rights, including religious liberty, freedom of association and assembly and freedom of opinion in order to improve its relations with the United States. The Hanoi authorities must embrace reforms that would improve governance and advance political freedoms.
“I do not and will not support any other trade agreements until the Hanoi authorities make significant and tangible steps to improve Vietnam’s human rights record.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and parts of the cities of Garden Grove and Orange in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and the second ranked Democrat on the Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.
Barb Solish, 202-226-8373