Sunday, June 28, 2009
Land rights in Lebanon
Al Akhbar has an excellent "Justice" page (`adl), managed by Omar Nashabeh. They address numerous topics that are often neglected by others. Here, they are covering a legal dispute between the absentee land owners of a small village in the South and the users of the land who have been there for decades if not centuries. The article is not very very clear, but it is the second time I read about the rights of customary land users in the Lebanese press. The first time was by my dear friend yasmine Ryan writing in the Daily Star about my village of South Lebanon, Sinai where the farmers do not own a single parcel of the land they plant. Because the DS requires a subscrition, check a better versio of the article published in Scoop.