California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Joint ResolutionNo. 41

Introduced by Assembly Member Kim

(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Chang)

(Principal coauthor: Senator Nguyen)

(Coauthor: Assembly Member Chu)

May 26, 2016

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 41—Relative to Vietnam.


AJR 41, as introduced, Kim. Vietnam: arms embargo.

This measure would urge the United States Congress to pass a law to reinstate the arms embargo against Vietnam until such time that human rights in that country significantly improve.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has run a
2repressive one-party state; and

3WHEREAS, The Communist government of the Socialist
4Republic of Vietnam controls all public institutions and uses them
5to maintain power, including censoring the media and the Internet;

7WHEREAS, The Socialist Republic of Vietnam does not hold
8free elections and permits child labor, human trafficking, forced
9disappearances, unlawful deprivation of life, and land restitution
10to continue; and

11WHEREAS, The United States government and the American
12people have a commitment to assisting the citizens of Vietnam
P2    1who continue to face persecution and threats from the Communist
2government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; and

3WHEREAS, Widespread human rights abuses continue to occur
4in Vietnam, precluding citizens’ rights to freedom of expression,
5freedom of assembly, and freedom of association; and

6WHEREAS, In 2015, Human Rights Watch recorded at least
745 cases of assault against dissidents and human rights defenders,
8including beatings, threats, and property destruction, and is further
9aware of over 100 political prisoners, in addition to dissidents held
10under house arrest; and

11WHEREAS, The Socialist Republic of Vietnam broke its written
12promise to not prosecute recent Vietnamese boat refugees upon
13their return to Vietnam. Instead they were charged, tried, convicted,
14and jailed for leaving the country, a right that is protected by United
15Nations’ international law; and

16WHEREAS, The United States government has imposed an
17embargo on the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam since the end
18of the Vietnam War in 1975; and

19WHEREAS, The Obama Administration lifted that ban on May
2023, 2016, without the effort of releasing the remaining political
21prisoners or any indication of improved human rights protections
22for the citizens of Vietnam; now, therefore, be it

23Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
24California, jointly,
That the Legislature urges the Congress of the
25United States to pass a law to reinstate the arms embargo against
26Vietnam until such time that the human rights situation
27significantly improves, including the release of all political
28dissidents and boat refugees currently in prison and under house
29arrest; and be it further

30Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
31of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.