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Vietnam Advocacy Day is our collective effort to support the brave human rights defenders in Vietnam and also to support the calls by the persecuted churches in Vietnam for pro-democratic changes. This advocacy movement started with the National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders convened by BPSOS in 2011. The first Vietnam Advocacy Day brought 500 advocates to the Capitol in 2012. In the second year, the number grew to 800. In 2014, the third Vietnam Advocacy Day brought to Congress close to 1,000 advocates from 30 states.
During Vietnam Advocacy Day, Vietnamese Americans and human rights advocates from across the country convene in the national capital to advocate, through legislative means, for Vietnam’s commitment to human rights and democratic changes as condition for expansion of relationship with the U.S, and bring together Vietnamese advocates inside Vietnam and among the diaspora for a joint platform and plan of actions for civil society development in Vietnam.
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