December 10, 2015

Cassidy Recognizes International Human Rights Day

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement recognizing International Human Rights Day 2015, calling attention to the plight of prisoners of conscience worldwide who suffer cruel punishment for peaceful dissent:

“Today we honor the courageous men and women around the world who peacefully fight to protect the human dignity of others. Let us also not forget those who are languishing behind bars for speaking their conscience, like Vietnamese dissident Bui Thi Minh Hang. Mrs. Hang is a 51-year-old woman being imprisoned for her peaceful activities to safeguard the freedom of information, independent religious groups, and farmers whose lands are wrongfully taken by the Vietnamese government. It is the brave and selfless voices of Mrs. Hang and other prisoners of conscience in countries around the world that we honor and pray for. They remind us that we must keep protecting the basic rights for people in all corners of the world.”

Dr. Cassidy is a member of the Senate Human Rights Caucus. He adopted the case of Vietnamese dissident Bui Thi Minh Hang through the Defending Freedoms Project, which advocates for the release of prisoners of conscience worldwide.