VMC from 4 villages study visit to VMC others villages in Bolikhamxay Province on 2-4/05/2018 in Bolikhamxay Province
- To understand roles of VMC in handling conflict issues in the village.
- To exchange the best practice among VMC of four villages of Xaythany district, Vientiane Capital and four villages of Paksan district, Bolikhamsay province
date: 2-4 May 2018
place: Paksan district, Bolikhamsay province.
there are 61 participans: fromVientiane Capital 31 people, women 17 people and from paksan District brlikhamxay province 30 people, women 12 people
At the Sivilay village meeting, Mr. Monh, Chair person, emphasized that there was an agreement of the Prime Minister on the establishment of village mediation committees and and an agreement of the Minister of Justice on the establishment and implementation of village mediation committees from provincial, district and village levels announced and acts. Accordingly, this study visit was very significant because it contributes to creating a good relationship among ADWLE , Vientiane Capital Judicial Department, Xaythany district, four villages of Xaythany district, Vientiane Capital and four villages of Paksan district, Bolikhamsay province. All participants received good lessons and real working experiences from each others.
Four villages of Xaythany and four villages of Paksan took turn to present their mediation work and real experience which illustrated some example of case studies. Some presentors were asked for clarification
Mr. Chanthala Phouheuanhong, VMC of Dongbang village, Xaythany district, Vientiane Capital said: Before the project was implemented there were domestic violence cases, particularly husbands which do not understand their wife. After this project, the VMC understood well and applied lesson learned and could disseminate law to the villagers quite well especially laws related to women
Before this project stepped in there were so many domestic violence cases, notably aldutery and heritage division which were solved by customary law and appropriate means.
After the project started, they received training on laws related to women, village mediation methodology and procedures. They applied obtained lessons as a potential reference. They could educate both parties in the conflict and negotiated with them to understand each other and reach concensus. They felt confident to do their functions as good mediators because they learned law, know methods and good procedures of mediation.
Mr. Khamkeung Keovivong, Chief of Sivilay village, Paksan district.
This village used customary law and some domestic laws to handle and negotiate issues. If they did not reach a consensus then the file letter was sent to the district.
There were several problems, for instance dept, figthing and divorce. All were sent to court. The VMC lacked knowledge and expereice and they did not know the methodology and precedures to do effective mediation.
Supported by French Embassy