Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Morris, 202-226-2965, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ SPEAKS OUT AGAINST WHITE HOUSE HOSTING VIETNAM LEADER
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, today released a statement criticizing the White House for hosting General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, who does not hold an official government position, despite Vietnam’s well documented human rights abuses that continue under his regime:
“I am disappointed that the administration has chosen to host Nguyen Phu Trong, the General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party. There continue to be egregious and systemic human rights abuses in Vietnam, including religious and political persecutions. As an advocate for human rights in Vietnam I cannot ignore the dismal state of freedom of the press and freedom of speech.