Writings and Speeches
2009, Apr. 1: Vietnam Human Rights Review (Paper submitted to the US Congressional Caucus on Vietnam)
2005, Mar: Nhà Magazine. Outline Of The Comprehensive Approach To Democracy In Vietnam.

This  approach will have three stages:

  1. institutionalizing market economy system and integrating Vietnamese economy to the regional (ASEAN) and world economies,

  2. developing civil non-governmental organizations and activities so that the people can gain more control over their own lives and become more independent of the government, and

  3. lastly accelerating the democratization process toward the establishment of a democratic regime and the rule of law. [more]

2005, Feb.21: John Hopkins University. Vietnam: A Roadmap to Democracy [more]

...It is true that Vietnam has made some progress. This is a fact which needs neither argument for nor against. What needs to be emphasized is another simple fact: Vietnam is better today because it is freer . Freedom is functional to progress and development. Vietnam will advance faster in a more balanced and more sustainable manner if the people have more freedom in all areas of social life, not just in economy, and the government is more accountable to the people.

2005, 02/10: Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
I suggest that American and international NGOs should ponder on this reality, and find out some new approach and new strategy, not only to improve, but mostly to ensure human rights in Vietnam... [more (victimsofcommunism.org)]

US Capitol2003, 10/01: Human Rights-Vietnam Briefing: Testimony by Doan Viet Hoat. U.S. Congress. [more (house.gov)]

Photo of Mike Jendrzejczyk.

2003, 05/05: HR Watch, A Great Loss In Memory of Mike Jendrzejczyk.

...As for myself, Mike's death saddened me more than any other incident since the day I was released from prison in Vietnam and deported to the United States in 1998. Before that, when I was still in jail, I did not know him and did not even hear of his name. And yet he had been working tirelessly for my release for so many years... [more (hrw.org)]

2002, 11/23: Serious Violations Of Human Rights In Vietnam. International Institute for Vietnam.  [more (ThinkCenter.org)]

Statue of John Harvard on Harvard University campus.2002, Mar.14: Harvard University Speech: Socio-Political Liberalization in Asia and Vietnam: Trends and Prospects. [more

This is my second opportunity to exchange my view points with this scholarly audience on this prestigious campus. On my first encounter two years ago at Harvard's Law School I discussed Vietnam's human rights issues in contemporary perspectives. Today I would like to focus on the prospects of political liberalization in Vietnam in the context of an emerging new Asia-Pacific region ?a region characterized by political democratization and economic and cultural liberalization.

2001, 03/22: Florida State University. Remarks On the Grand Opening of Florida State University's Center for the Advancement of Humand Rights

...I was impressed with what I learned and saw right here on this campus thirty years ago. The learning environment on campus was free and stimulating. But more important, the living environment was always challenging. Free speech was openly and naturally accepted and respected. Anti-war demonstrations happened peacefully almost every week. I observed with amazement and admiration the Governor of Florida who came to dialogue with the student demonstrators on the lawn in front of the library. He disagreed with the students and the students argued against him, vigorously but peacefully and in mutual respect. I understood why America is strong and rich. The governed was not afraid of the governor, and the governor respects the right of the governed to challenge his leadership and accountability. Liberty, democracy and the rule of law should become social norms to make a person's potential develop into capacity, and to turn mankind's dream of happiness into reality for every body, and not only for the few powerful and privileged... [more]

2001, 03/22: Vietnam: A New Battle. [more]

Amidst swift changes around the world in the early 90s, facing the risk of losing total control, the Vietnamese communists were forced to abolish the command economy. Realizing that a market economy could lead to the collapse of the communist regime, they have refused to change politically and only reformed economically. They still value the existence of the communist party over the happiness and freedom for our people and Vietnam's own good. Our people's lives have been improved only superficially and temporarily while Vietnam remains a stalemate with no permanent and stable opportunities for development...

Meeting President Clinton2000, 11/15: Remarks on President Bill Clinton's Visit to Vietnam.

...I uphold the principle that the United States should support the private and not the governmental sector in all aspects of daily life in Vietnam. They should help strengthen the people's power and not the privileged minority group in power. Therefore, I urge the President, in his visit to Vietnam, to disassociate himself from the authoritarian policy of the present leaders, and to send to the Vietnamese people a clear message of his support for freedom and respects of human rights. With this clear message, he will be welcomed by every one, both in Vietnam and around the world, as the champion of freedom, democracy and progress, and as a strong supporter for a New Vietnam -Vietnam of the Future, and neither of the past nor of the present... [more]

2000, 11/14: Remarks on Receiving Truman-Reagan Freedom Award. [more]

Statue of John Harvard on Harvard University campus.2000, Oct. 23: Vietnam's Human Rights Issues In Contemporary Perspective. Harvard Law School, East Asian Legal Studies, October 23, 2000. [more]

...These global trends of human rights and democratic decentralization conflict with the principle of "democratic centralism" in communist Vietnam. The party leaders give the people and the party members four rights: the rights "to know, to discuss, to do and to inspect". However, they retain the most crucial right: the right to decide. Thus, they decide what the people can know, what they can discuss, what they can do, and what they can inspect...

2000, 10/06: International Campaign For A Free Vietnam. [more]

2000, Aug. 04: A New Phase: The US-Vietnam Trade Agreement. Southeast Asian Press Alliance.

...Free trade should go hand in hand with free culture and free politics to develop a prosperous, free, humane and equitable Vietnam --the Vietnam Future... [more (seapabkk.org)]

2000, 05/03: Call for Global Agenda for Free Press. [more]

ISHR logo1999: International Society for Human Rights.

Thoughts about the question "Is the protection and defence of human rights by force justified?" We are out to promote human rights and to condemn their violations. But our moral standards and values bind us to speak out against abuse of force in the name of protecting human rights. Where are the limits to, and the legitimacy of, the use of force? Is there one?... [more (ishr.org)]

1999, 02/19: Keynote Speech at the  Fourth Annual Vietnamese-American Society Dinner. [more]

1998, 12/20: Democracy and Freedom of the Press in Vietnam [more]

...Under the pretext of law enforcement and of social order and stability the communist government of Vietnam continues to suppress dissidents with various methods. I particularly call your attention to the Administrative Detention Decree 31/CP effective from April 1997. This Decree allows government officials down to village levels to put anyone considered ? detrimental to national security? under custody for 6 months to 2 years without trial. They may be house- arrested or forced to move to an assigned location to be re-educated. This Decree does not only violate universal standards of human rights and human dignity, but worse challenges daringly all efforts to struggle for a free and democratic Vietnam...

1998,  10/20:  My Years in Isolation [more]