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Da Nang residency restriction reversed

Update: April, 11/2012 - 10:19

HA NOI — The Ministry of Justice has sent an official document demanding municipal authorities in the central city of Da Nang to reverse their decision to halt permanent residence registrations.

Le Hong Son, head of the ministry's Department of Examination of Legal Normative Documents, said the demand was made after a one-month review by members of the National Assembly Legal Committee; the National Assembly Office; the ministries of Justice, Public Security, and Planning and Investment; and city authorities.

Son said the city's decision in January to halt the issuance of permanent residence status to persons who were unemployed and without permanent shelters in the city, or those with a record of previous convictions or offences, violated the Law on Residency.

Under the law, he said, residents with either permanent or temporary legal accommodation and temporary residence in the city for at least one year were eligible to register for permanent residence.

Persons who had committed offences in the past but were not on probation were also eligible for permanent residence, he said.

In addition, no provisions in the Law on Organisation of People's Councils and People's Committees allowed the provincial-level People's Councils to contravene provisions of the Law on Residency, Son said.

All laws approved by the National Assembly needed to be implemented consistently nationwide, and any decision to halt implementation of any law needed to be made by the National Assembly, he added.

The municipal People's Council had defended the decision as a temporary solution to overpopulation in the city's inner districts.

In addition to the permanent residence issue, the Ministry of Justice also ordered municipal authorities to abrogate their decision to seize the vehicles of traffic violators under the age of 16 for a 60-day period, saying this measure was counter to Government regulations on traffic violations and beyond the city's jurisdiction.

Le Hong Minh, head of the office of the municipal People's Council, said the city was reviewing its decisions based on the ministry's demands.

Son said the actions of the city's authorities related to compliance with this demands would be reported to the Prime Minister. — VNS

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