Statement By Vietnam Civil Society Organisations Comdemming Chinese Goverment’s Agression

Statement By Vietnam Civil  Society Organisations Comdemming Chinese Goverment’s Agression

For endorsement.

Hanoi, May 15th 2014.


The right to live in peace is a fundamental right of all human beings regardless our membership of any ethnic group, gender, age, or nationality whether a person live in Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, or China. All governments and international organizations are obliged to keep peace as a basic condition for the people of different countries to pursue happiness and realize their right to development. This basic obligation is bound in the spirit of international law, as well as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS, 1982). The latter instrument provided sovereignty rights of the State in the exclusive economic zone   within 200 nautical miles from the national baseline.

However, in the past few years, the Chinese Government has been extending statements and acts in contradiction with the application of international law in the East Sea (aka South China Sea). Those ungrounded statements and aggressive acts by the Chinese Government evidently raised concerns by ASEAN country members including Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Most recently, the placement of the giant Chinese state-owned oil rig HD-981 in Block 143 inside Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone, supported by dozens of armed vessels and military facilities, was provocative and illegal. The ongoing move by the Chinese Government has violated the agreed principle that “The Parties undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability” as stated by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (2002) by China and ASEAN country members.

Peace keeping, sustaining security and protection of all human rights are the first and foremost concern shared by the people of Vietnam, the people in the ASEAN and the international community. We the Vietnamese civil society actors, call for:

  • The Government of China to immediately withdraw the State-owned oil rig and other armed vessels and facilities from the Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and seabed, to respect the sovereignty rights of Vietnam, and the right to security of Vietnamese people, in particular millions of Vietnamese fishmen. The Chinese Government should stop those acts which threaten to violate basic principles of international law, and refrain from provoking moves in the East Sea which threaten peace, security and freedom of movement in the region.
  • The Government of Vietnam to act firmly and peacefully to stop aggressive moves of China in the East Sea within the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam. The Government of Vietnam should timely provide updates on the situation in the East Sea, based on which her people and friends could freely and peacefully express opinions and emotions on the situation as well as against the wrong-doings by the Government of China.
  • The people of Vietnam, the people of ASEAN, the people of China and other countries, to call for the Government of China to show respect to international law and to respect the right to live in peace and the right to livelihoods of the lay people, in particular fishmen of ASEAN.

We commit to hold solidarity across national civil society actors, the people of Vietnam and the world, to pay high attention on the on-going situation, and to respond to new development in a manner with full respect to peace and human dignity.


List of organizations signed the statement





Civil society organizations wish to support and sign this statement should send your confirmation to, with contact details of the representative of the organization. The list of signing organizations will be published with the statement on 19th May 2014.


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