THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO ORGANIZE PHONEY VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS TO FALSELY CLAIM THAT THE MONTAGNARD PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED IN "TERRORIST ACTIVITIES"


Montagnard Foundation, Inc

Spartanburg, S.C. October 12, 2004

Sources from inside Vietnam reported to us that on September 9, 2004, in the Commune of Dang Ya, district of Cu Pah, province of Gialai, Vietnamese officials coerced the Montagnards who have been working for the Government in the Commune, to organize a phoney violent demonstration by paying them money. This kind of staged managed demonstrations have been organized repeatedly (see the MFI press release of August 4, 2004) in the Central Highlands by the Vietnamese Government after the Peaceful Easter Demonstrations in order to falsely claim to the world that groups of Montagnard people are engaged in terrorist activities against the Vietnamese Government. Below is a summary of how the demonstration was first organized and then held under the tight control of the Vietnamese authorities.

On September 8, 2004 the day before the demonstration, Vietnamese officials instructed two Montagnards, Amur who is a member of Mother Front at the commune of Dang Ya, district of Cu Pah, and Amuc who is the chairman of the Ha-Bau commune, district of Dak Doa, in the province of Gialai, to coerce the Montagnards who have been working for the government in the commune of Dang Ya to organize a phoney violent demonstration, by promising them that they will be paid 5,000 Vietnam Dong each.

On September 9, 2004, at 8 am, Vietnamese officials gathered around 50 men and women who work for the Government in the commune of Dang Ya as police officers, soldiers and cadres and 7 villagers from the area and instructed them, who were all dressed as civilians, to demonstrate using sticks and throwing rocks as they were protesting violently against the Government, by attacking the gate of the communal building and throwing rocks into the communal office. During the event Government officials filmed them with a video camera. At around 12:00 O'clock noon, Government officials from the district of Cu Pah arrived in Dang Ya and at that point the demonstrators received their reward of 5,000 VND each. After they received their rewards, the demonstrators went back to their homes.

The allegations of the Vietnamese Government that Montagnard people are involved in terrorist activities have been denied for a long time by both democratic Governments and the United Nations months, in particular last July when the UN ECOSOC formally rejected such allegation. Notwithstanding such firm rejection by the international community, the Vietnamese Government continues to try to fool the world with phoney violent demonstrations and not allowing independent monitors and journalists to freely accede to the region, being scared that the truth about the mistreatment and repression suffered by the Montagnard people over the last 30 years would emerge.

THE MONTAGNARD FOUNDATION CALLS ON:

The International community and United Nations Organization takes immediate action to investigate the specific crimes denounced by the MFI and other International NGOs and to insist the Vietnamese government release our Montagnard people held in prison for peaceful political activity, for practicing Christianity or for their social and political activities, demanding fair treatment by the Government or for trying to flee to Cambodia as refugees.

The International community and United Nations Organization takes immediate action in getting human rights monitors access to the central highlands as recommended by the UN Human Rights Committee of which Vietnam has continued to ignore. (July 2002 75th session Human Rights Committee Concluding Observations on Vietnam. UN doc: CCPR/C/SR.2031).

The International community and United Nations Organization takes immediate action to ensure the UNHCR is permitted to operate freely in Cambodia, that both Cambodia and Vietnam abide by the Refugee Convention, (as recently identified by UN Special Envoy Hon. Peter Leupretch) and that the bounties paid by Hanoi for our fleeing refugees are immediately stopped.

That international donors and foreign governments seriously review how aid monies are used in Vietnam in order to ensure Vietnam ceases human rights violations and religious repression in Vietnam. (As reported by the Human Rights Watch report of 2 December 2003 entitled "Vietnam: Donors Must Insist on Human Rights Progress").


UNLESS URGENT INTERNATIONAL ACTION IS TAKEN MANY MORE MONTAGNARDS WILL SUFFER AND DIE

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