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NA talk over grassroots reconciliation legislation

Update: June, 01/2013 - 09:43
HA NOI  (VNS)— During yesterday's plenary meeting of the National Assembly, deputies discussed the draft law for dispute reconciliation at community level.

Most of the lawmakers were in agreement on the necessity of such a law, but they emphasised that is should be applied on a voluntary, self-governing and self-determined basis by the people involved.

Many deputies suggested attaching more importance to the Fatherland Front and its members in this work.

Deputy Nguyen Thanh Thuy, representing central Binh Dinh Province, backed up this suggestion with compelling evidence: since the new millennium the Fatherland Front intervened in 80 per cent of all grassroots cases and played an important role in mediation.

The members also discussed the list of requirements needed in an impartial individual to become a reconciler. Deputy Nguyen Thi Bich Nhiem from Yen Bai Province suggested the list be reviewed and made more realistic.

"There are currently some problems. For example, the requirement that a reconciler must be legally knowledgeable might not be practical. Such a stipulation makes it hard to find eligible candidates in remote areas," she said.

Regarding the scope of the law, Deputy Nguyen Thi Thu Hang from the northern province of Nam Dinh said that the type of disputes requiring reconciliatory work should not be specified, as there is an impossibly broad spectrum. Instead, common sense should prevail and the framework provided by the Government followed.

The dispute reconciliation law is expected to be passed at the end of the National Assembly.

Yesterday, NA deputies also worked in groups to discuss the Citizens Reception Law and the Law on Plant Protection and Quarantine. — VNS


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