Numerous issues discussed at 13th session of NA Standing Committee

It is imperative to take synchronous measures to resolve this issue in a lawful manner while respecting and protecting people’s legitimate interests, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong in a recent interview granted to the media. Reporter: Recently, many people from southern provinces gathered before State Headquarters in HCM City to make denunciations and complaints about land-related issues. What is your view of the incident? Mr Trong: In recent times, denunciations and complaints have increased and become complicated and serious in HCM City. Most are about policies to compensate, support and solve people’s resettlement after the State retrieved land for socio-economic development projects. According to the 1992 Constitution and the 1998 Law on Denunciations and Complaints, people are entitled to exercise their right to master society and to supervise State agencies’ activities. But, this right should be implemented in a lawful manner. However, the recent gathering of denunciators and complainers in HCM City has badly affected political security and social order, leaving a negative image in the eyes of International friends. In fact, they have no intention of going against Party and State policies and guidelines as they are mostly good people. It is simply because they are not happy with some issues, which have not yet been resolved properly and they have to make a virtue of necessity. Among denunciators and complainers, there are people who really wish to proceed in a lawful manner while others go to the whole length of defying the law, threatening and even…... [read more]

The Draft Law, consisting of 9 chapters and 72 articles, stipulates the rights and obligations of denunciators, those who make the complaints, as well as the recipients of these complaints along with the jurisdiction for dealing with legal violations by cadres and State employees. Most NA deputies underlined the need to issue the Law on Denunciations and Complaints, stating denunciations and dealing with denunciations are complex but important social issues. The Law on Denunciations and Complaints should ensure that people can make denunciations and complaints in a clear and convenient manner, they stressed. The same day, NA deputies also discussed the draft law on the capital city.... [read more]

During the session, NASC gave opinion on seven draft law projects, including laws on denunciation, the capital city, human trafficking control and supplements and amendments to articles of the Securities Law, the law on criminal procedure and the laws on National Assembly (NA) and People’s Committee elections. Five of the draft laws will be proposed at the NA’s eighth session. The NASC also discussed State budget allocation for the 2011-2015 period and reported on preparations for the 31st ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-31) and the NA’s eighth session. Speaking at the closing session, NA chairman Trong asked NA agencies to prepare to propose the draft laws at the NA’s eighth session. He also asked the NA vice chairmen and relevant agencies to implement the NASC decisions and get ready for its 35th session.... [read more]

Viet Nam News Nguyễn Văn Kim, Acting Director of the Justice Department under the Government Inspectorate, speaks to the newspaper Nông thôn Ngày nay (Countryside Today) about proposed changes in the current Law on Complaints and Denunciation. What percentage of denunciations by people have been certified as correct in the past five years (2012-2016)? According to a report released by the Government Inspectorate at a conference in Hà Nội on December 15, in the five years from 2012-2016, State administrators handled some 386,500 complaints lodged in 268,225 cases. As a result, authorities reclaimed VNĐ869 billion (US$38.6 million) and 316 hectares of land, while restoring the rights of more than 13,600 citizens who were given back 416.6 ha of land. The report also said that about 15-20 per cent of denunciations turned out to be justified, 20-30 per cent were not and the remaining were deemed slanderous allegations. These figures reflect the low effectiveness of law enforcement agencies, including Government officials and officers working in the field. In reality, quite a few denunciators were under external pressures to act, while others lodged complaints or denunciations for their own benefit or to sow discord among people in their own groups, particularly at sensitive times or occasions, including national assembly elections and appointments of new leaders. What are the main reasons people lodge denunciations? Generally speaking, most were for the benefit of the general public, the community. However, some denunciations were lodged for the benefit of the denunciators, for example their citizens' rights,…... [read more]

Heads of ministries, ministry-level agencies, and government agencies, and chairmen of People’s Committees of provinces and cities have been urged to make all-out efforts in performing key tasks set in the second session of the 14th National Assembly. According to the guideline of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the work, attention should be paid to strictly implementing regulations of the Law on Anti-Corruption, improving the efficiency of the fight against corruption and wastefulness, and detecting and handling violation cases in line with legal regulations. The PM also asked for the effective implementation of Directive 35-CT/TW dated May 26, 2016 of the Politburo on enhancing the leadership of the Party for the work related to receiving citizens and settling complaints and denunciations, and relevant laws like the Law on Reception of Citizens, the Law on Complaints, and the Law on Denunciation. Periodic and unscheduled citizen reception should be strictly performed, while the inspection of the responsibility for solving complaint and denunciation cases must be intensified, he said. The Ministry of Public Security was requested to speed up investigation into corruption cases and work with the Supreme People’s Procuracy and the Supreme People’s Court to bring the cases to court for trial in accordance with Directive 12/CT-TTg. National Steering Committee 389 and ministries of Finance, Industry and Trade, Public Security, and Defence are responsible for studying and revising legal documents relating to the fight against smuggling, trade frauds and fake goods, towards fine-tuning laws and policies. VNA... [read more]

Hanoi, January 4 (VNA) - Heads of ministries, ministry-level agencies, and government agencies, and chairmen of People’s Committees of provinces and cities have been urged to make all-out efforts in performing key tasks set in the second session of the 14th National Assembly. According to the guideline of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the work, attention should be paid to strictly implementing regulations of the Law on Anti-Corruption, improving the efficiency of the fight against corruption and wastefulness, and detecting and handling violation cases in line with legal regulations. The PM also asked for the effective implementation of Directive 35-CT/TW dated May 26, 2016 of the Politburo on enhancing the leadership of the Party for the work related to receiving citizens and settling complaints and denunciations, and relevant laws like the Law on Reception of Citizens, the Law on Complaints, and the Law on Denunciation. Periodic and unscheduled citizen reception should be strictly performed, while the inspection of the responsibility for solving complaint and denunciation cases must be intensified, he said. The Ministry of Public Security was requested to speed up investigation into corruption cases and work with the Supreme People’s Procuracy and the Supreme People’s Court to bring the cases to court for trial in accordance with Directive 12/CT-TTg. National Steering Committee 389 and ministries of Finance, Industry and Trade, Public Security, and Defence are responsible for studying and revising legal documents relating to the fight against smuggling, trade frauds and fake goods, towards fine-tuning laws and policies.…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – More than 13,600 citizens have had their rights protected thanks to the enforcement of the Law on Complaints and the Law on Denunciation that took effect four years ago. State administrative agencies handled more than 386,500 complaints lodged in 268,225 cases, reclaiming 860.7 billion VND amd 316 hectares of land for the State, and resuming rights for 13,617 citizens who was given back 512 billion VND and 418.6 hectares of land, reported the Government Inspectorate at a conference in Hanoi on December 15. Nguyen Van Kim, acting head of the Justice Department under the Government Inspectorate said that in 2012-2016, the number of complaints and denunciation reduced 54.6 percent, while those sent to administrative agencies dropped 39.3 percent. However, the complaint and denunciation in a number of localities remained complicated, especially during important political events such as elections and the Party Congress, he said. Kim noted that the complaints are mostly related to compensation, ground clearance support, land reclamation, religion and land ownership, while the denunciations are on State officials’ law violations, corruption and wastefulness. The official attributed the complicated situation to limitations and shortcomings of laws and policies, especially those related to land use, compensation and resettlement support, which led to conflicts in the interest of the State, land users and investors. Leaders of a number of State administrative agencies have failed to fulfil their responsibility in receiving citizens and dealing with their complaints and denunciations, while the law awareness of citizens remained poor. During the…... [read more]

He pointed out that complaints and denunciations involving many people were on the rise due to the inadequate handling of issues concerning land acquisition, compensation and clearance, with a lack of democracy, openness and fairness in a number of locales. The handling of citizens’ complaints was not satisfactory, as the heads of administrative agencies in some localities had yet to fully perform their responsibilities as stipulated, affecting the rights and legitimate interests of citizens and organisations, the PM said. He urged sectors at all levels to strictly grasp and exercise the Politburo’s Directive No. 35-CT/TW, dated May 26, 2014, the Law on Land (amended), the Law on Complaints, the Law on Denunciations, the Law on Citizen Reception, and the PM’s Directive No. 14/CT-TTg on the reception of citizens and the handling of complaints and denunciations. He asked for completion of policies and laws on the issue and legal regulations concerning the rights and interests of people to propose necessary amendments and supplements; the promotion of the combined power of the entire political system; and the enhancement of the leadership of Party organisations, the responsibilities of the authorities and the supervision of the National Assembly, the Fatherland Front and People’s Councils at all levels in the work of citizen reception and the handling of complaints. The heads of each administrative level must consider the reception of citizens and the handling of complaints and denunciations a political task of the highest priority, PM Phuc said, stressing the need to proactively address cases…... [read more]

'Envelope Smile' - the first prize-winning cartoon from Việt Nam Press Cartoon 2014 organised by Thể Thao & Văn Hóa (Sports & Culture) newspaper. Nguyen Khanh Chi Viet Nam News A mother of two was looking for a public kindergarten. Through an acquaintance she met the principal of a kindergarten in the city centre known for its prestige. Along with the three-year-old child's CV, she brought an envelope containing VNĐ5 million (US$220). After hearing that one needed to pay a price to get a seat, she went ahead with sending $220. After a weeklong wait, she got a nod. The 36-year-old Hanoian who asked to remain anonymous said her act simply helped 'grease the wheels'. She said she had paid a similar amount to receive a place for her elder son in a primary school's first grade some years ago. "My friends, colleagues and next-door neighbours often speak about the so-called 'greasing money' when it comes to education and health services, and other administrative procedures," she said. "When I gave birth to my children, whenever the hospital nurses came to pick them up for a shower, I put VNĐ20,000 (about 90 US cents) into the nurses' pockets to make sure she would take good care of them." Tolerance for corruption The unofficial payment she speaks of has become increasingly accepted by Vietnamese people, according to results of a seven-year study released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) last month. Research on the efficiency index of Việt Nam's public administration,…... [read more]

Viet Nam NewsĐỗ Thị Thanh Huyền, policy analyst, UNDP Việt Nam If the State and citizens are not well aware of their responsibilities and obligations, "the tolerance for corruption" by chance will become a prolonged practice. Corruption is something hard to eliminate, but it is controllable, which requires concerted efforts of both the State and citizens. What matters is whether citizens have a full understanding that: First, they have right to be informed of policies. For example, one should be aware of official fees when it comes to services like land use certificates, healthcare and education. The PAPI reveals that numerous indicators are unknown to citizens, forcing them to follow what they heard from the neighbourhood to "give an envelope" to shorten the time for administrative procedures or to purportedly have better education and medical services. Second, they have the right to examine and inspect service-supplying bodies. Citizens should know why a house-ownership red book is provided late or there is any implication for money. Third, they have the right to denunciate corrupt practices. The Penal Code specifies that whenever they are asked for at least VNĐ2 million ($90), they can denounce the act. The right is little known to the general public, so they haven't taken full advantage of the right to raise concerns with public bodies. Fourth, they have the right to be protected when reporting corruption. Survey respondents in HCM City said on average they paid a VNĐ14 million slush fund for a house-ownership certificate. Clearly, such…... [read more]




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