EU calls for reassessment of Vietnam rights dialogue

The European parliament says the European Union must reassess its cooperation with Vietnam over human rights.

The parliamentarians adopted a text, by 479 votes to 21, saying human rights dialogue between the EU and Vietnam must lead to tangible improvements in Vietnam.

They called on the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to reassess cooperation policy with Vietnam, based on respect for democratic principles and fundamental rights.

They denounced in particular religious intolerance, and called for the immediate release of all people imprisoned or detained for the peaceful expression of political or religious beliefs.

These include more than 300 Montagnard Christians, as well as Khmer Krom Buddhist monks, Catholics and adherents of the Cao Dai religion, as well as democracy activists, land rights petitioners and trade union leaders.


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