Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will participate in a press conference, joined by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Rep. Alan Lowthenthal (D-CA), tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23 at 9:15 a.m. at the House Triangle.

At Tuesday’s press conference, Royce will be joined by other members of Congress, representatives of various human rights organizations and Vietnamese American community leaders to highlight the ongoing human rights abuses in Vietnam.  The press conference comes days before President Obama is scheduled to meet with Vietnam’s PresidentSang.

Last week, in a letter sent to President Obama, Royce cited troubling statistics that reflect an increase in human rights abuses in Vietnam.  Royce’s letter concluded, “Mr. President, President Sang’s visit to Washington is a unique opportunity to inspire the Vietnamese people who are yearning for freedom. I respectfully request that you make the most of this chance by vocally supporting a human rights agenda.”

What: <br”>Press Conference: Chairman Royce and other members of Congress to highlight Vietnam human rights abuses

9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23

House Triangle 

Interested media must arrive at the House Triangle by 9:00 a.m.