NGO calls on China to stop escalating tensions in East Sea

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The International Association of Democratic Lawyers releases a resolution on the escalating violence in the East Sea at a press conference in Hanoi on June 11. Photo: Nguyen Tuan
The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), an NGO with consultative status to a number of United Nations agencies, announced on Wednesday that it has asked the Chinese government to avoid actions that could escalate tensions in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea.
The IADL released a resolution on the escalating violence in the East Sea at a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The resolution stated that on May 2, China placed an oil rig completely within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
Despite Vietnam’s protests, China dispatched over 80 vessels and aircraft, including military ships, to the area. The situation escalated as Chinese vessels rammed and fired water cannons at several of Vietnam’s coast guard and fisheries surveillance ships, inflicting damage and posing a risk of casualties, it says.
IADL has been informed that there have been several attacks directed against Vietnamese fishing boats, leaving vessels damaged, fishermen injured and one Vietnamese fishing vessel sunk.
After considering these facts, the association decided to send a letter to the Chinese authorities, asking all relevant sides to solve disputes peacefully and strictly comply with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which China and Vietnam are signatories.
IADL also demanded that China clarify the legal basis for its placement of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 rig in Vietnamese waters, and its deployment of vessels and aircraft in the rig’s vicinity.
It has also asked that China explain several provocative acts, such as ramming and firing water cannons at Vietnamese ships.
It called upon China, as a UN member and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to completely respect and observe the UN Charters and engage in conduct becoming a major country tasked with maintaining regional and international peace, stability and security.
In the letter, the organization also requested that China respect international law, avoid actions that could escalate regional tensions and jeopardize security and safety in the East Sea.
Jitendra Sharma, honorable President and former President of the IADL, told Vietnamese reporters that the organization would support Vietnam if Vietnam decided to file a lawsuit or other diplomatic complaints against China.

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