Declaration On the subject of removing neck strap and not allowing to display the yellow flag with three red stripes
On the subject of removing neck strap with yellow flag symbol and not allowing to display the yellow flag with three red stripes when Ambassador Ted Osius meeting with the Vietnamese American Communities.
During the meetings of Ambassador Ted Osius with the Vietnamese-American Communities in the Southern and Northern California last mid-July, a couple incidents have occurred that made the Vietnamese-Americans and other Vietnamese communities around the world quite discontented with.
Summary of incidents:
- In these meetings, the US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius asked not to display the yellow flag with three red stripes in the hall because of “diplomatic reason” and his ambassadorial position. However he always wore on the pin showing 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between (Communist) Vietnam – US containing Vietnam Communist flag, the flag that the Vietnamese refugees abroad does not recognize and that belongs to the Communist Party and does not represent the country and the people of Vietnam. The current communist authorities in Vietnam were not elected freely by the people. Also, they seriously violated human rights and other rights of their people.
2- In particular at the meeting in San Jose, besides not allowing display of yellow flag with three red stripes, the organizers also requested Miss Do Minh Ngoc to remove her neck strap made of yellow flag with three red stripes and the US flag.
- The organizers did not notify in advance that there will be no yellow flag with three red stripes allowed so that the people can decide whether to attend the meeting or not. The Vietnamese community was caught by surprise of such rule, and because of courtesy for the Ambassador, the meeting goers had reluctantly agreed to stay.
1. The town hall meetings of Ambassador Ted Osius with the Vietnamese Americans, presenting and acquiring opinions from the Vietnamese Americans are useful dialogue and appreciated by our community. However, unfortunately above mentioned incidents had offended the Vietnamese Community.
- Wearing a symbolic neck strap is the freedom of expression under the US Constitution and the International Covenant on Political Freedom and Civil Rights of the United Nations. Removing that symbol is an act of violations of human and civil rights and freedom of expression.
- The yellow flag with three red stripes symbolizes the “Heritage and Freedom” of the Vietnamese Americans that had been officially recognized by many cities, counties and states in America. Denying this symbol means going against the aspiration of the Vietnamese Community in the United States in particular, and against others in the world in general.
- Wearing a pin with the Communist flag when meeting with the Vietnamese people who once fled the Communists is an indelicate act; it could be seen as provocative to them.
- If because of diplomatic reasons and the duty that Ambassador must act like that, why his predecessors did not question about the yellow flag with three red stripes when meeting the Vietnamese American Community?
- The above incidents really offended the Vietnamese Community in the United States and throughout the world.
Therefore, the Federation of Vietnamese American Communities of the USA:
- Oppose the above incidents; withstand the US government if it does not allow its diplomatic officials to be photographed with Vietnamese Community with its traditional yellow flag with three red stripes.
- Request the authorities to investigate, publish and have appropriate discipline toward those who have instructed to remove the neck strap of Miss Do Minh Ngoc; and also to offer her a public apology.
- Recommend all the Vietnamese Communities should have necessary political attitudes toward any government or individual that:
- Advocate and assist the Communist regime and ignore the interest of over 90 million people in Vietnam that need freedom and democracy;
- Offend the symbol, the yellow flag with three red stripes, of the Vietnamese refugees abroad.
Executed in the United States on August 11, 2015
Huu Dinh Vo, M.D.: Chairman, Board of Representatives Huu Dinh Vo
Hoi Van Do, M.D.: Chairman of the Executives Hoi Van Do
Thanh Van Pham, M.A: Chairman of Board of Supervisors Thanh Van Pham
Dr. Hoi Van Do