Accompanying the communities affected by industrial projects

Đăng lúc: 18/01/2017 16:10

10/01/2017, LPSD held a meeting with representatives from Yen Bai, Son La, Hai Phong and Thanh Hoa, the affected communities, in Hanoi.

During the meeting, LPSD shared legal knowledge to help the people defend their rights and benefits, and connected communities so that they can learn and cooperate.

Present at the meeting were Mr. Dang Dinh Bach, Director of LPSD, communities affected by industrial projects from Yen Bai, Son La, Hai Phong and Thanh Hoa, and guests and partners.

During the meeting, Mr. Dang Dinh Bach, Director of LPSD said: “This community meeting is an improvement in the legal aid available to the community. We aim to help people become more prepared to raise their voice and seek for help when their rights are violated and their benefits are withheld."

The meeting focused on 4 issues of the severity of the illegal waste disposal, coal-fired projects, migration and settlement, which leads to environmental damages and limits living options. Specifically:

In Hai Phong Province, the operations of Hai Phong 1 and 2 Thermal Power Plant in Tam Hung commune, Thuy Nguyen district are the cause of acute air and water pollution as well as nuisances in the area. According to the local people, the noises from Thermal Power Plant are continuous and produce noises like those from jet planes, and the sounds are even louder at night; smoke and dirt exhausted from the Plant have terrible smells, making people sleepy and increasing the risk of contracting eye diseases.

In Son La Province, people from the Cu Pe Village, Mai Son Commune are having trouble making a living due to the lack of jobs and land. The land given to them for resettlement compensation now belongs to the Son La Rubber Joint Stock Company, and they have no land of their own.

In Thanh Hoa, the Nicotex Thanh Thai Joint Stock Company has buried thousand tons of expired pesticides under the land for its factory in Cam Thuy Commune, Cam Van District for over 10 years, resulting in terrible consequences for more than 20,000 people living around the factory.

Besides the affected communities, also present was Mr. Vu Van Duoc and his family, husband of a deceased pregnant woman, Ms. Pham Thi Hien. Mrs. Hien and her child died during childbirth at Yen Bai Obstetric and Pediatrics Hospital. The family is upset with the irresponsibility of the nurses and doctors as they treated and transferred the patient improperly.

Besides updating the information on complaints and correspondence, LPSD will continue providing legal aid for communities so that people can use legal tools to protect their rights and benefits, implement supervisory structures stipulated in the regulations, and understand reconciliation procedures and relevant matters.

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