Congressman Harley Rouda’s statement on Michael Nguyen’s imprisonment in Vietnam

June 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Representative Harley Rouda (CA-48) issued the following statement: 

The Vietnamese Government’s guilty verdict and outrageous sentence in the case of Michael Nguyen is just the latest example of the government’s disregard for human rights and international norms. The Vietnamese people have long suffered at the hands of their oppressive, socialist government, but the government’s recent actions targeting visiting Vietnamese Americans is yet a further escalation of the government’s abuses. That Nguyen was convicted absent any substantial evidence is further proof that the Vietnamese judicial system is little more than a tool of the Communist Party.

I call on the Vietnamese government to immediately release Michael Nguyen, and to return him home safely to his family in Orange County.