Mr. Tran Van Huynh
439F8 Phan Van Tri St, 308591 16.05.2012
Dear Mr Tran Van Huynh,
Thank you for your letter drawing attention to the situation of your son Tran Huynh Duy Thuc and his friends, currently serving a prison sentence in Vietnam.
The European Parliament is, in all its actions, highly committed to the protection of universal human rights and fundamental values, including the freedom of expression and freedom of the press. In this context, the European Parliament has already expressed, on a number of occasions, concerns related to freedom of expression in Vietnam.
The European Parliament resolution adopted on 26 November 2009 urged the Vietnamese government to cease all forms of repression against those who exercise their rights to freedom of expression, freedom of belief and religion and freedom of assembly, in accordance with international human rights standards and the Vietnamese Constitution. During the EU-Vietnam Inter-Parliamentary meeting in March 2010 in Vietnam, human rights, freedom of thought and good governance were frequently raised by the European Parliament. Later in 2010 diplomatic efforts were made by my predecessor, President Buzek, asking the Vietnamese Government to continue the policy of releasing human rights activists, explicitly referring also to the case of your son. Mr Langen, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for.relations with the countries of South-East Asia and ASEAN, has also made enquiries about the situation of human rights defenders, and on 5 December 2011, during the high-level visit of a Vietnamese delegation to the European Parliament in the framework of the 9th EUVietnam Inter-Parliamentary meeting, led by Nguyen Sinh Hung, Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, concerns related to the protection of universal human rights including freedom of expression were repeatedly stressed by the European Parliament.
I would like to assure you that the European Parliament will continue to follow the situation very closely and to raise concems regarding all human rights issues in Vietnam and the neighbouring region, both in our inter-parliamentary contacts and through other appropriate diplomatic channels.