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Cambodia: Land Distribution Proposed

(May 1, 2009) On April 23, 2009, Cambodia's Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction held its annual press conference and announced plans to distribute land concessions to about 10,000 families. The distribution will be in nine target provinces and will go to families that are landless and to disabled veterans. Although these families […]

Zimbabwe: Government Ignores Court Order

(Dec. 15, 2008) It was reported on December 1, 2008, that according to the Lands Minister, Didymus Mutasa, the Zimbabwean government is going to step-up expropriation of farm land owned by white farmers, in defiance of the South African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal's recent ruling on a suit brought by white land owners. The SADC […]

Southern African Development Community: Ruling on Land Expropriation in Zimbabwe

(Dec. 5, 2008) On November 28, 2008, a ten-member tribunal of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), which is headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana, and comprises 15 Member States, including Zimbabwe, issued a ruling in a landmark case involving a land dispute between the Government of Zimbabwe and 78 white farmers. The Namibia-based tribunal ruled in […]

Bangladesh: Ordinance Drafted to Govern Management of Confiscated Properties

(Sept. 10, 2008) The Interim Government of Bangladesh has drafted an ordinance regarding management of confiscated immovable property. The ordinance is necessary because special courts set up by the Interim Government to try corruption cases have ordered confiscation of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of assets of the accused individuals. The relevant government departments […]

Belarus: New Rules for Property Registration

(May 2, 2008) On April 16, 2008, the Parliament of Belarus passed amendments to the Law on State Registration of Real Estate. The amendments deal with the transfer of ownership rights and other transactions involving real estate. Aimed at simplification of the registration procedure, the amendments introduce a new registration agency that will be an […]

Ukraine: New Law on Land Market

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 4, 2008, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine adopted the Law on the Land Market. The Law determines legal and economic principles for the organization and functioning of the land market and regulates the protection of the legal interests of the state and other entities in regard to the conditions […]

United States: Supreme Court Rules That All Law Enforcement Officers Are Immune to Suit for Wrongful Detention of Property

(Feb. 2, 2008) The Supreme Court ruled on January 22 that all federal law enforcement officials are immune from lawsuits claiming wrongful detention of property. The ruling arose when a Muslim federal prisoner, Abdus-Shahid M.S. Ali, sued officials of Federal Bureau of Prisons, alleging he was harmed when his Quran and a prayer rug were […]

Japan: New Lost Goods Law in Effect

(Jan. 2, 2008) An American university professor dropped mobile phones and wallets containing cash in Tokyo and New York. The return rate in Japan was higher. Because lost items have piled up at lost property centers and the cost of management of lost property is rising, the Diet passed a new Lost Goods Law (Law […]