|Statement On The Nomination of The Most Ven. Thich Quang Do For The 2000 Nobel Peace Prize|
The Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, an internationally well-known religious leader and dissident in Vietnam, has been nominated by American and Australian congress members for the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize. I believe that this is a perspicacious and meaningful initiative. It is a clear proof of international recognition and support of the Vietnamese peoples non-violent movement for human rights, freedom and democracy in Vietnam in general, and of the Most Venerable Thich Quang Dos courage, compassion, and tolerance, in particular. This effort will bring honor to all Vietnamese both inside and outside the country. It is also a great boost for all dissidents and activists fighting peacefully and persistently inside and outside the country for a free and democratic Vietnam.
The 2000 Nobel Peace Price presented to the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, a life-long peaceful defender of religious freedom, will not only enhance the cause of freedom and human rights, but also help to promote a global society of tolerance, compassion and peace.
I therefore support the nomination of the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do for the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize. I also strongly believe that support for his nomination from international non-government organizations for human rights will contribute significantly to the improvement of human rights in Vietnam and around the world.
Doan Viet Hoat
Dec. 15, 1999