Right to sue over land is­sues to be ex­panded

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China’s top leg­is­la­ture aims to ex­pand the peo­ple’s right to sue the gov­ern­ment if au­thor­i­ties fail to ful­fill con­tracts signed with cit­i­zens over land is­sues.

The courts should or­der au­thor­i­ties to follow con­tracts or give com­pen­sa­tion for the breach if they are con­firmed to have vi­o­lated a con­tract, ac­cord­ing to the draft re­vi­sion amend­ment to the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Pro­ce­dure Law

Even if au­thor­i­ties have le­git­i­mate rea­sons to ter­mi­nate con­tracts, they should of­fer com­pen­sa­tion, the draft re­vi­sion said.

Acts of vi­o­lence in­clud­ing force­ful de­mo­li­tion and self­im­mo­la­tion have arisen dur­ing land con­flicts in re­cent years. On Oct 14, six peo­ple were killed dur­ing a land clash be­tween a con­struc­tion company and vil­lagers in Jin­ning County of South­west China’s Kun­ming city.

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