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Senate to hear proposed Land Rights Act

The Liberia Legislature is expected to hold a public hearing on the 2014 proposed Land Rights Act on Monday, August 10, 2015.

According to press release form the Liberian Senate, the hearing will be hosted by the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions as well as the Committee on Lands Mines, Natural Resources and Environment and Judiciary of the House of Representatives in the Senate Chamber.

The release said those invited include but not limited to various stakeholders, including government ministries and agencies, community rights advocates, private land developers and consultants, legal personnel and the consortium of civil society to express their opinions on the various issues in the proposed Land Rights Act.

These issues have to do with inter alia, the various categories of land ownership, including Public Land, Government Land, customary land and private land. Others are the eligibility to own land, regulation of Land use, protected areas, lease, easements, mortgages and repeals of inconsistent laws.

The release says the proposed Land Rights Act is one of the most crucial legal documents intended to bring the various conflicts in the land sector under control.

Also to be considered shortly will be an act to create an entity to administer the land rights as the core of the institutional arrangement in the land sector to minimize publicity and overlapping of functions and responsibilities, the release further noted.

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