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Sep 8, 2020

Toledo Land Rights Commission Weighs In

Prior to today’s hearing, both parties appeared before the C.C.J. on June third for a similar session.  They succeed mediation proceedings last year during which a draft land tenure policy was being undertaken. Despite affirming a landmark ruling handed down by the Supreme Court in June 2010, the issue of communal land rights remains before the courts a full decade after the judgment was delivered by former Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh.

 

Lisel Alamilla, Chair, Toledo Land Rights Commission

“What we proposed was perhaps looking at the land tenure facility project, that we look at the chronology of activities to see what other activities that perhaps won’t require that level of community contact that can be placed earlier in the process instead of waiting towards the end, you know, do as much work.  Maybe we won’t be able to totally complete them but to at least advance them as much as possible.  So we are aware of the limitations that everyone has and we are definitely willing to listen to what they will bring forward.”

 

Justice Rajnauth-Lee

“Mr. President, if I may, ask Ms. Alamilla, you mentioned the lands and surveys department and that a meeting is being arranged, a virtual meeting, as I understand it.  Do you know how soon it will be and do you know, in a nutshell, maybe the concerns of that department?”

 

Lisel Alamilla

“I don’t liaise directly with the Maya Leaders or the Julian Cho Society because that’s an activity under the Julian Cho Society project.”


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