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Haiti - Justice : National Forum on Land Security in Haiti
This initiative of the Ministry of Justice brought together various justice actors, notably Notaries, Land Surveyors, Government Commissioners and Lawyers. The Forum was also attended by the former Minister of Justice, René Magloire, the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences of the State University of Haiti, Me Elie Méus, the Director General of the National Cadastral Office and the executive secretary of the Interministerial Regional Planning Committee, whose task is, among other things, to develop the Government's spatial planning policy.
For many years, the land issue has been the basis of many conflicts between individuals in the various jurisdictions of the country. By organizing these assizes on land security, the Ministry, intended to empower the various actors concerned in order to prevent and, where appropriate, suppress any attack on private property.
"I declare open the national National Forum on Land Security which aim to reflect freely on the land regime in Haiti," declared the Minister Édouard, stressing that "the consolidation of the rule of law passes irreversibly through the reform of land security [...] The policy of land security and land-use planning are two sides of the same coin."
While recalling that "less than 5% of land is officially recorded in public land registers" and the need for an effective response "The state must restore public confidence. Land security suffers from an inadequacy of an organized system of evidence, often rights are transmitted orally."
On the other hand, he strongly condemned "[...] any involvement of a State authority in land conflicts", deploring the fact that land conflicts and attacks on private property are neglected by Human Rights "Why the human rights sector does not pronounce on land insecurity in Haiti ? No Right is more important than another !"
For several hours, the participants worked in workshops at the end of which recommendations were made with a view to land reform in Haiti.
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