Appeal for the Release of Vietnamese Political Prisoners
The Representatives of Cultural, Political, and Social Organizations in South Vietnam
“The Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam” signed in Paris on January 27, 1973, is applauded by the Vietnamese people and people around the world.
The Agreement can be the foundation for ending the war, restoring peace in Vietnam only if the parties concerned implement it seriously.
After years of bloodletting war, the national reconciliation and the abolishment of hatred in Vietnam become of utmost importance and necessity.
The national reconciliation and concord in Vietnam is destined to be completely successful only when all the signatories of the Agreement urgently and concretely implement at the first opportunity the release of all civilian personnel captured and detained as a result of their struggle for Peace and Justice, in reference to the spirit of article 8(c), article 11, and article 17(a) of the Agreement.
We hereby appeal to:
The International Commission of Control and Supervision, the governments signing the Agreement and the International Conference on Vietnam to be convened, to intervene without delay for the release of Vietnamese citizens who have been struggling for peace and for their country and who have been captured and detained in past years. These people have been imprisoned as individuals or as members active in organizations not directly related to either side of the fighting in Vietnam.
We attach herewith the preliminary list of detainees whose relations have just communicated with us, this list being subject to further additions when we obtain more information.
Saigon, February 2, 1973
SIGNATURES OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF CULTURAL, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL
ORGANIZATIONS IN SOUTH VIETNAM
Committee for the Improvement of the Prison System in South Vietnam: Father Chân Tin
Progressive Nationalist Force: Tran Ngoc Lieng
Kh at Si Ni Giói Buddhist Church: Ven. Huynh Liên
Front of People Struggling for Peace: Dang Van Ký
Union of Private School Teachers: Nguyen Van Vàng
United Force of Cao Dài Notables: Cao Hoài Hà
Confederation of Governmental and Private Sector Buddhist Employees in Vietnam: Duong Vai Dai
Union of Progressive Workers: Nguyen Van Cuóto
Union of Merchants of 36 Markets in Saigon: Nguyen Thi Muòi
Union of Sông Lòng Tao Dock Workers: Nguyen Hoàng Tân
Doi Diên Group: Reverend Nguyen Nghi
Trinh Bay Group: The Nguyên
National Young Christian Workers Movement: Nguyen Tien Mao
Movement of Catholics for Peace: Nguyen Phúc Khánh
Confederation of VN Buddhist Women: Mrs. Dieu Nhàn
Association of Vietnamese Women: Mrs. Vo Van Sang
Association of Long Hoa Buddhist Women: Mrs. Nguyen Thi Lac
Movement for the Right to Live of Orphans and Children, Victims of War: Mrs. Thien Tâm
Hong Mon Buddhist Sect: Ven. Trúc Lâm Nuong
Association of Buddhist Women Governmental and Private Employees: Mrs. Phan Thi Hong Diem
Association for Defining Women’s Dignity: Mrs. Phan Dinh Dàn
Confederation of VN School Students Union: Lê Van Trieu
Association of Imprisoned Students’ Mothers: Mrs. Nguyen Phuoc Thành Phan
Association of Saigon Buddhist Students: Nguyen Thiên Tinh
National Union of VN Students: Nguyen Trong Quang Nghi
Union of Van Hanh University Students: Phan The Hoàng
Union of Saigon University Students: Nguyen Van Thang
Movement for the Building of an Independent Economy: Tran Quang Huy
Movement for National Self Determination: Tran Xuân Hue Phuong
Movement of VN Women Struggling for the Right to Live: Mrs. Tran Thi Tiép
Dr. Le van Hoach, Former Prime Minister
Dr. Lê vav Lý
Rev. Thiên Cam, Professor, University of Saigon
Rev. Nguyen van Hoà, Professor, University of Saigon
Rev. Vu xuan Hieu, Chaplain for National Young Christian Workers Movement
Rev. Bùi thông Giao, Chaplain for National Young Christian Workers Movement
Rev. Nguyen ngo Lan, Chaplain for National Young Christian Workers Movement
Rev. Huynh công Minh, Chaplain for Young Christian Students Movement
Rev. Nguyen viet Khai
Rev. Tran the Luân
Rev. Truong bá Can, Chaplain for National YCW Movement
New York Review of Books, April 19, 1973.