Revised Version of Land Law Package to Be Presented Following Nationwide Consultation
H.E. Dionísio Babo, Minister of Justice, presents the revised draft of the land law package prior to sending to the Council of Ministers. Photo: Sandra Magno/UNDP/TL
Dili – The final version of the revised land law package will be presented to the public prior to being sent to the Council of Ministers for debate. H.E. Dionísio Babo, Minister of Justice, will present the revised package at 8:30am on 29 April, 2013 at JL Villa.
Monday’s presentation follows more than two months of public consultation which engaged Suco Chiefs and community leaders, civil society and other stakeholders in a nationwide discussion.
The original land law package, comprised of the Special Regime for the Determination of Ownership of Immovable Property, the Expropriation Law and the Law for the Immoveable Property Fund, was approved by the Council of Ministers in 2010. National Parliament began debate on the package in early 2012 before it was vetoed by then-President José Ramos-Horta, necessitating renewal of the legislative process and a revision of the package following the 2012 Parliamentary elections.
The revised package was completed by the Ministry of Justice in November of 2012. The Ministry of Justice then launched a nationwide consultation to disseminate the latest draft. Accompanying the draft was a report detailing the changes to the previous package, explanations of key articles as well as a copy of the vetoed draft.
The Justice System Programme (JSP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has supported the Ministry of Justice in its work on the land law package since 2010 including providing advisors with expertise in the areas of land and property.
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