Persecution of religious minorities in Vietnam is a state policy;
Religious and political persecution of Montagnards, highlanders who practice De Ga Protestantism and Ha Mon Catholicism is rampant;
At least 60 Montagnards are currently serving prison sentences of up to 17 years for simply exercising their rights to peaceful dissent and independent worship;
At least 25 Montagnards have died in prison or detention as a result of torture and mistreatment;
Thousands of Montagnard Christians were forced to renounce their faith;
The Vietnamese government continues to arrest, torture and jail Montagnard Christians for their religious and political beliefs;
Colonel Vu Van Lau and Senior Lt. Colonel Pham Huu Truong, directors of Public Security Department of Gia Lai Province, Vietnam, have been accused of being responsible for serious human rights abuses, and to be leaders of an entity that has engaged in serious human rights abuses; and
Sanctions against them would protect an entire class of persecuted Montagnard Christians in Vietnam from future abuse.
We, the undersigned, citizens, and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1) Demand that the Vietnamese government put an end to its abusive policies and practices by issuing legislation that would safeguard minority rights, and revoking existing discriminatory policies;
2) Make Canadian economic cooperation as part of the Comprehensive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership conditional on Vietnam’s adherence to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and
3) Apply sanctions against Colonel Vu Van Lau and Senior Lt. Colonel Pham Huu Truong under the Sergei Magnitsky Act..
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