Chiefs across Liberia are petitioning lawmakers while activists prepare for a sit-in protest to secure ancestral land rights, regarded as key to averting renewed bloodshed in the resource-rich country.
Citizens Plan Sit-in to Pressure Weah to Protect Land Rights
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 April 2018
"We are trying to reach out directly to the president" Read more »
More than half of Liberia's 4.3 million people live on land held under customary tenure, which provides traditional rights to land but is not secured or recognised by legal title, said the United States Agency for International Development.
UN Urges Weah Administration to Promote Reconciliation, Land and Constitutional Reforms
Observer, 23 April 2018
The UN Security Council has emphasized the need for the Liberian government to make "expanded efforts to address the root causes of conflict, reinvigorate reconciliation processes,… Read more »
President Must Lead On Land Rights or Risk Conflict
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 3 April 2018
Will Liberia's new president protect and promote the land rights of indigenous and vulnerable communities? Read more »
'Land Rights Act Passage Remains Paramount Priority'
Observer, 29 March 2018
"The Senate will treat as a paramount national priority the passage of the Land Rights Act, Local Government Act, proposed Amendment to the Constitution and Civil Service Reform… Read more »
According to the World Bank, 1.6 million hectares - that's almost two million football fields - of land in the country have been sold, leased, or licensed to commercial ... Read more »
The draft Land Rights Act, which would acknowledge customary rights to land, was submitted to the Senate in 2014. Read more »
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