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Land seizure unlawful: PM

Update: February, 11/2012 - 11:44
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung presides over a meeting with Hai Phong City leaders about the case of land withdrawal in Tien Lang District. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI — After listening to all sides of the story and looking at the evidence, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued an order to resolve the controversial seizure of land by officials in Tien Lang District, northern Hai Phong City.

At a meeting with relevant agencies and organisations involved in the issue, the PM announced that Hai Phong must follow the appropriate regulations and legal procedures to permit Doan Van Vuon to continue using the allocated land in conformity with established laws.

Dung tasked the Hai Phong authorities to properly perform the following assignments:

– To revoke the unlawful decisions issued by the Tien Lang District People's Committee on land seizure and coercive land seizure, which resulted in handing land use rights over to Vuon, and to deal with Vuon's inappropriate use of the land in line with regulations.

– The demolition of Vuon's house must be brought before the court and the officials responsible for the demolition must be suspended from their posts.

– The alleged "attempted murder and opposition of those on duty" must be tried in a public court to ensure strict compliance with the law. The court must consider the defendants' circumstances which were the result of unlawful decisions issued by the Tien Lang District People's Committee.

– All those involved in the legal violations in land allocation, seizing, coercive eviction and demolition of Vuon's house must offer self-criticisms, revisions and accept appropriate punishments.


A view of Doan Van Vuon's destroyed house and pond after the withdrawal. — VNS Photo Courtesy of VnExpress
– Hai Phong leaders must clarify their level of responsibility in approving the proposal for an unlawful coercive eviction by Tien Lang District, and their slow response to the incident, including late revisions and clarification of responsibility, insufficient reports and unclear information.

– They also have to adjust the State management of land and improve the capacity of those working in this sector to avoid similar cases in the future, stabilise the situation in Tien Lang, and properly implement the Party Central Committee's 4th Resolutions.

On this occasion, the PM asked all cities and provinces across the country to pro-actively review and adjust the State management of land, particularly to ensure that all land revocation and coercive eviction decisions were lawful, and properly resolve citizen complaints and denunciations about land matters.

He reminded the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to co-ordinate with relevant agencies to make recommendations for revisions and amendments to the land law in an aim to make it suitable with the new situation and development requirements.

The Ministry of Justice must establish appropriate institutions to control the issuance of administrative decisions by the authorities of various levels, he said.

The Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court will examine the verdicts issued by the People's Courts of Hai Phong City and Tien Lang District.

The PM applauded the mass media for actively supplying information about the case, as well as concerned agencies and organisations for getting involved in clarifying the multitude of issues involved.

He also welcomed the heartfelt comments by veteran revolutionaries, experts, cadres and people who voiced their opinions directly to the PM or through the mass media and expressed his wish to receive more constructive comments about the performance of the central and local governments. — VNS

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