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Congressional Ceremony to Commemorate Vietnam Human Rights Day May 11, 2011

Contact: Megan Vu

For immediate release:

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 a ceremony on Capitol Hill will call attention to the deteriorating human rights conditions in Vietnam. This event, held in the Hart Senate Building (Room H216) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will commemorate the anniversary of the U.S. House-Senate Joint Resolution SJ 168 designating May 11th as the Vietnam Human Rights Day.

The event is especially timely given the revolution in the Middle East and the subsequent worsening of human rights violations across Asia. Despite escalating state aggression, the people of Asia are encouraged by the movements in the Middle East and North Africa, and are organizing for change. The ceremony will be attended by delegations from China, Tibet, Laos, and Burma.

The bipartisan event is hosted by Senator John Cornyn from the State of Texas and co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Scott Brown, and Representatives: Frank Wolf, Chris Smith, Gerry Connolly, Ed Royce, Dana Rohrabacher, James Moran, Zoe Lofgren, Loretta Sanchez, and Mike Honda.

Speakers include Senators and Representatives from both parties. The agenda also features Mr. Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Department of State; Mr. Scott Flipse, Deputy Director of Policy and Research, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Ms. Louisa Greve, Vice President, National Endowment for Democracy; Charles Goolsby, Director, Broadcasting Board of Governors; Mr. Khanh Nguyen, Vietnamese Service Director, Radio Free Asia; Mr. T. Kumar, Advocacy Director for Asia & Pacific, Amnesty International USA; and Albert Santoli, President, Asia-America Initiative.

For more information, please contact Megan Vu at (727) 492-8278 or email Dr. Quan Nguyen at