Vietnamese authorities urged to stop evictions of residentsListen /
The government of Viet Nam has been urged by a group of United Nations independent human rights experts to urgently intervene to stop the eviction of residents from a small village in the centre of the country.
The residents of the village on the outskirts of Da Nang city are part of the 100 or so households who are facing a deadline to move out or have their houses demolished.
The experts say this is part of land grabbing to benefit private entrepreneurs at the expense of local residents who were offered inadequate compensation and housing alternatives in a distant location.
They point out that in 2007 the local government of Da Nang decided to expropriate the land in Con Dau village which it leased to the private company Sun Land to build an eco-resort.
Residents, who used the land for housing and agriculture, opposed the project but were forced to move out in 2013 after facing pressure and threats, with some even seeing their homes demolished.
Early this month, the residents were given the deadline of 15 April to give up their land and move out.
In the meantime, demolition of homes is continuing and the experts fear that even before the deadline elapses, all houses will have been destroyed.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations