Vietnam Human Rights Day is
Vietnam Human Rights Day is an annual observance held in the United States on May 11. It was designated by a Joint Resolution passed by the United States Congress in 1994.
The issue of human rights in Vietnam has been a matter of controversy between the Vietnamese government and some Western governments and international human rights organizations. Vietnam is a single-party state, which is the main problem in terms of political freedom. The Government of Vietnam has also imposed restrictions on freedom of association, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech.
Recognizing the need for additional human rights protection in Vietnam, the Congress designated May 11 as Vietnam Human Rights Day to commemorate a “Program for the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam”, which was published on that day in 1990. The program was developed by Dr. Nguyen Dan Que and other pro-democracy activists.
Vietnam Human Rights Day focuses on highlighting human rights violations and promoting human rights issues in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. It also aims at recognizing the effort of Vietnamese dissidents. Special events held on the occasion include but are not limited to rallies, ceremonies, discussions.
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