( ICC) The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Viet Nam Human Rights Act (H.R. 1587) Monday (July 19) night. The bill rescinds future U.S. non-humanitarian aid to the government of Viet Nam . The condition under which aid can be restored are that the President can certify that Viet Nam has made substantial progress toward releasing all political and religious prisoners from imprisonment, including respecting freedom of religion and the human rights of members of ethnic minority groups in the Central Highlands or elsewhere in Viet Nam
and neither any official of the Government of Viet Nam nor any entity owned by such Government was complicit in a severe form of trafficking in persons. The bill also made it U.S. policy to relocate Montagnard refugees and overcome government jamming of Radio Free Asia.