Established in 1945 and based in Hanoi, the Vietnam-USA Society (VUS) was the first organization in Vietnam to promote bilateral friendship with the United States (U.S.). Under the guidance of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) and a member organization of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the goal of VUS is to promote mutual understanding, friendly relations, and mutually beneficial cooperation between the people of Vietnam and the U.S. VUFO is a nation-wide socio-political organization whose main function is to establish and promote friendly and co-operative people-to-people relations between Vietnam and other countries in the world. VUFO comprises many peace, solidarity and friendship member organizations—both bilateral and multilateral—as well as provincial and municipal friendship unions throughout the country.
IGE has partnered with VUS/VUFO since 2004. In 2005, IGE and VUS signed a Letter of Intent to work together on religious freedom in the context of U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relations and signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2006. The MOU was a road map for a long-term partnership to support religious freedom progress in Vietnam. Affirming friendship, trust, and continued collaboration between IGE and its various other partners in the country, the MOU was renewed in 2012 and serves as a governing portal through which IGE will continue various initiatives on religious freedom at the national and local levels. Initiatives include: information exchange on religious issues in Vietnam and the U.S. through correspondence and reciprocal visits between the two countries; religion and rule of law trainings; trainings on the Vietnamese government’s policy on religion; relationship-building between the government and Vietnamese religious communities; people-to-people (between Vietnam and the U.S.) friendship-building; and, interdisciplinary cooperation on religious freedom studies between academic institutions in Vietnam, the U.S., and other countries.WEBSITE: http://www.vietpeace.org.vn/express/express_detail_e.aspx?id1=5&id2=12&id3=383