Reps. Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Ted Budd (R-NC) introduce bipartisan resolution condemning human rights violations against Montagnard tribespeople

June 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This morning, Reps. Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced H.Res 435, a resolution recognizing the contributions of the Montagnard indigenous tribespeople of the Central Highlands of Vietnam to the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, and condemning the ongoing violation of human rights by the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Said Rouda, “The Montagnards fought heroically alongside American forces in Vietnam. On countless occasions, they sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of their American counterparts. As retaliation, the communist government of Vietnam ruthlessly persecuted the indigenous people of its own country, and displaced them from their ancestral lands. It’s estimated that around 250,000 Montagnards were killed, and even more displaced. I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in condemning the tyranny of the Vietnamese government’s human rights abuses against the Montagnards, and all people in Vietnam. I’m grateful for Congressman Budd’s leadership on this long overdue resolution.”

Said Budd, “During the Vietnam War, U.S. Special Forces soldiers recruited Vietnamese tribesmen, known as Montagnards, to fight against Communism. Some 61,000 Montagnards fought with U.S. soldiers on Vietnam's mountain highlands. These soldiers were tough, versatile, and reliable, and I am grateful for their service. Today, the Montagnards face persecution for their largely Protestant faith under communist rule in Vietnam.  My resolution condemns this inhumane treatment and recognizes the Montagnards for all that they have done to assist us in the fight for liberty and human rights.”