FEB 2005 UPDATE ON RELIGIOUS ISSUES AND CENTRAL HIGHLAND

I. Religious freedom in Viet Nam in 2004

1. General policy: On June 18th, 2004, at the 19th session of the 11th National Assembly, the Standing Committee of the Vietnamese National Assembly adopted the Ordinance on Belief and Religion, which came into effect on Nov. 15, 2004. The Ordinance and its implementing instructions have been circulated. A Decree providing explanation and instructions for the implementation of Ordinance has been drafted and is now in the process of seeking approval from the Prime Minister.

Holidays in 2005

The Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America hereby informs that our office will be closed on the following dates in the year of 2005 in observance of the indicated holidays:

January:

Monday 17: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
Thursday 20: Inaugration the President and Vice President

February

Some Facts about People's Army of Vietnam

DEFENSE ATTACHE'S OFFICE

The 60th Anniversary of the Founding of Vietnamese People’s Army and
the 15th Anniversary of All-People’s National Defense Day of Vietnam
(22 December 1944 – 22 December 2004)

I. Overview: The process of founding, fighting, building, and growing of the Vietnamese People’s Army

Ambassador's remarks on National Day Celebration

Remarks by Ambassador Nguyen Tam Chien
At the Reception
on the Occasion of the 59th Anniversary of National Day
2251 R Street, 6:30 p.m., 8/9/2004

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Friends,

Press Release: TRADITION AND CHANGE: Vietnamese Art Today

TRADITION AND CHANGE: Vietnamese Art Today
2251 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Dates: July 12 to 24, 2004
Exhibition hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment
Contacts: - Bach Ngoc Chien – Press Attaché, Tel: 202-861-2291
- Judith Hughes Day – Curator, Tel: 212-721-3053,
646-352-2592

Factsheets about Vietnam as of April 2004


I/. Progresses in the exercise of Human Rights in Vietnam

1. Basics

INFORMATION ON THE RECENT SITUATION IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

INFORMATION ON THE RECENT SITUATION IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

04/19/2004

Some facts about the Montagnard Foundation and its founder


1. Tracing the roots of the Montagnard Foundation:

The Montagnard Foundation is the latest incarnation of the Fulro Separatist Insurgency. “Fulro” first made a name for itself as a militant group in September 1964 when it organized a rebellion among 3,000 Montagnard combatants in five US special force camps in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.” It has been known as a separatist group, advocating and using violent means.

Vietnam's social development achievements in recent years

- According to UNDP Human Development Report, Vietnam’s HDI has grown relatively rapid from 0.560 in 1995 to 0.688 at present; Vietnam’s HDI position as compared to that of the countries in the region, in Asia, and in the world has moved from 7/10, 32/50, 122/201 in 1995 to 6/10; 28/50 and 109/201 in 2000 respectively; With regard to GDP per capital, Vietnam is in the bottom group of the developing countries while its HDI position is above the average of the developing countries.

Joint Press Release on Shrimp Case

(As of January 6, 2004)

On December 31st, 2003, the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee on behalf of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) filed an Anti-dumping (AD) petition on shrimp imports from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Under this circumstance the exporting countries would like to express their grave and profound concern over the decision of certain U.S. shrimpers to seek trade remedy measures against shrimp exporting countries.

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