Vietnam needs new legislation to protect relics

The Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister of Vietnam has highlighted the need for new legislation to meet the demands of heritage conservation work, especially in the light that many conservation projects do not meet quality standards and have even led to the damaging of some of the relics.

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Viet Nam News, 13 April 2009

The nation’s cultural heritage needs strong legal backing to ensure their preservation and protection, a senior Government official said.

Hoang Anh Tuan, minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said new laws were necessary to prevent damage to relics and monuments.

He also stressed the importance of relevant agencies in supervising application of the law.

Le Thanh Vinh, head of the Institute for Conservation of Monuments, said the new laws should clarify every step taken so that relics, monuments and heritage sites are not defaced because of wrong measures are applied.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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