Petition To re-establish the legal status of the banned UBCV sign now

TO:Mr. President George W. Bush
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The Government of Vietnam,
The Governments of the Free World,
The Human Rights Organizations,

We are the Vietnamese People around the world. Today we are writing this letter to you, to ask for your help in regards to outlawing the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam.
This is the main reason:
- In fact, according to the annals of Vietnamese history, unified Buddhism dates back to the Dinh Dynasty (10th century AD) when the Sangha (order of monks and nuns) formed one united body, or "Church" under the leadership of a Patriarch. The first mention of a Buddhist Patriarch is found in the "Complete Annals of the Dai Viet" (Dai Viet Su ky toan thu) : "In the Year of the Goat (971 AD), the king defined the hierarchy of civilians, military and Buddhist monks. He gave the Buddhist Patriarch Ngф Chвn Luu the title of "Great Master, protector of the Viet nation". Under French colonial rule, Buddhism went into a period of decline. In the 1920s, Buddhist monks and lay-followers launched a movement for the renaissance of Vietnamese Buddhism. Thanks to this movement, the "Cochin-China Buddhist Studies Association" was founded in Saigon (1931), the "Annam Buddhist Association" in Hue (1932) and the "Tonkin Buddhist Association in Hanoi" (1934) etc On May 6th 1951, Buddhist monks, nuns and lay-followers from northern, central and southern Vietnam held a National Buddhist Congress in Hue and founded the Vietnam General Buddhist Association. It was called an "association" because Colonial Decree No. 10 stipulated that only Catholicism was entitled to the status of "Church," whereas all other religions were reduced to the mere status of an association. After the Buddhist struggle for religious freedom in 1963, Decree No. 10 was abolished. In 1964, Buddhism officially regained its full, legitimate status under the name of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam.
After the communists occupied South Vietnam, the government of Vietnam, outlawed the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. . The government of Vietnam does not have democracy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. When Ambassador Storlшkken visited VEN Thich Quang Do he outlined for conditions:
1) that Vietnam should first re-establish the legal status of the banned UBCV;
2) that Vietnam should restore all cultural, educational, religious, humanitarian institutions, estates and property confiscated from the UBCV since 1975. First and foremost, Vietnam should immediately return two key UBCV institutions, i.e. the Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda and the Quang Duc Cultural Centre in Saigon to provide accommodation for the UBCVs Bi-cameral Institutes, the Institute of the Sangha (Vien Tang Thong) and the Institute for the Dissemination of the Faith (Vien Hoa Dao);
3) that Vietnam should release the Vietnam Buddhist Church, set up by the Communist Party and the government in 1981, from Communist Party control. It should function independently, and not be a member of the CPVs Vietnam Fatherland Front;
4) that Vietnam should clarify the circumstances of the death of UBCV leader Thich Thien Minh, who died under torture during Police interrogations in Saigon in 1978.
We disagreed with The government of Vietnam violating freedom of religion for the people of Vietnam. Please do your best to help. We would like you and our government to ask the government of Vietnam to recognize the outlaw of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, and to stop harassing the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. The government of Vietnam needs to follow the four conditions listed above.
Thank you Mr. President. God Bless You.
Sincerely,

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