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Bill on reconciling community disputes may need a revamp

Update: August, 17/2012 - 09:31

HA NOI — The National Assembly's Standing Committee debated the necessity and subject of a drafted law on Conciliation Work at the local level yesterday, the fourth day of its 10th session.

Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong said the ordinance that has been in effect for 13 years has failed to properly regulate the rights and tasks of conciliators and attract more participants.

So it is necessary to adopt a new bill soon which specifies how reconciliation work should operate, he said.

Uong Chu Luu, deputy chairman of NA, said this bill would heighten the effectiveness of reconciliation activities, which help maintain social order and security and enhance unity within communities.

However, Phung Quoc Hien, chairman of the NA's Finance and Budget Committee, said the drafting board needs to carefully consider whether new amendments to the ordinance would be better than adopting a law.

Head of NA Office Nguyen Hanh Phuc shared Hien's opinion but added that reconciliation work changes depending on the situation, so it should not be subject to strict legal guidelines.

Regarding the subject of the bill, law makers suggested that there should be specific regulations on how civil organisations (ie. front fatherland committees, youth unions, women's unions) participate in conciliation activities at the grassroots level. Also, co-ordination should be enhanced between reconciliators and these civil organizations.

Phuc said the draft law should focus on mobilising civil organisations to reconcile community disputes. — VNS

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