Military must not be used in forced land evictions: PM

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Military must not be used in forced land evictions: PM

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered that authorities of all levels not use military forces and weapons in any forced land withdrawals.

e At a meeting held in Hanoi on February 10, 2012 to resolve the Tien Lang land conflict, PM Nguyen Tan Dung said that mobilizing the military in withdrawing 40 hectares of land from Doan Van Vuon, a local farmer, was illegal. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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PM Dung made the direction while speaking at a recent national conference to review past performances by State bodies in dealing with citizens’ complaints and denunciations.

Concerned agencies and authorities of all levels must base their land withdrawal decisions on the approved land planning and must make that planning known to the public, especially to those who are to be affected by the planning, he said.

Before carrying out plans for site clearance, compensation, support and resettlement, local authorities must consult the local fatherland front committees and farmers’ associations and must mobilize the public to exercise those plans.

In the event that a forced land eviction is necessary, local authorities must carry it out closely and legally, but must not use any military forces in such a withdrawal.

Regarding the 528 complaints and denunciations that remain unresolved due to their complicated nature, the Prime Minister urged relevant agencies and authorities to set up advisory councils to examine, clarify and finally resolve them.

In case local authorities are found to have made wrong decisions, they must be held responsible for their mistakes and remedy the situation.

Conclusions on those complaints and denunciations must be publicized so that everyone can know how problems were resolved.

The PM also required that concerned agencies and authorities of all levels set out a process for reception of citizens and finding resolutions to their complaints and accusations.

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A scene of the national conference on dealing with citizens' complaints and denunciations (Photo: chinhphu.vn)

Agencies and local authorities must also set up a scientific, reasonable and transparent mechanism of coordination in dealing with complaints so that the public can monitor and supervise what State bodies have done in relation to their complaints or denunciations.

Those who are assigned to receive citizens or resolve their complaints must be qualified in professional knowledge and have good virtue, the PM said.

As previously reported, a forced land eviction occurred in Hai Phong City’s Tien Lang District on January 5, 2012, with the participation of a local military unit, along with police.

The eviction was violently resisted by 49-year-old Doan Van Vuon and his family, causing injuries to 6 law enforcement officers.

Vuon claimed that the local authorities’ decision to withdraw 40 hectares of land from him was unlawful since it was not in accordance with the Law on Land.

On February 10, Prime Minister Dung concluded that the district authorities had violated the Land Law in withdrawing the land allocated to Vuon, and had to revoke all their wrong decisions and enable Vuon to continue using the land.

The PM also said that mobilizing the military in the forced land withdrawal was illegal.

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