January 19th this year marks the fortieth anniversary of China’s seizure of the Paracel archipelago. For the past 40 years, China has occupied the whole archipelago.
However, according to international law sovereignty over the Paracel archipelago still belongs to Viet Nam. The United Nations Charter prohibits the acquisition of territory by force.
Viet Nam must always remind the world of this flagrant breach of international law by China, always affirm its sovereignty over the archipelago, and urge China to accept the submission of the sovereignty dispute to adjudication by the International Court of Justice.
That is the content of the letter we are sending to the United Nations, in our conviction that world of peace and justice exists only when every country respects international law.
The letter is written by two non-governmental organisations that work for justice for Viet Nam and the other small countries that are parties to South China Sea disputes: the Southeast-Asia Sea Research Foundation and the Bien Dong tai Phap Group.
We would like to bring the voice of Vietnamese and other peace-loving peoples around the world to the highest and most competent legal authorities of the world:
United Nations General Secretary
United Nations Rule of Law Unit
United Nations First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)
International Court of Justice
Let us remind the world of the flagrant violation of international law when China invaded the Paracel archipelago in 1974. Let’s urge China to submit the dispute to the International Court of Justice.
Please join us in signing this letter:
One voice may be small, but a million will change the world.
Le Trung Tinh
Southeast-Asia Sea Research Foundation – Bien Dong tai Phap Group