The "regime" approves the return of  people of Halfaya in Hama countryside after its forces looted the agricultural crops and citizens' property • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The “regime” approves the return of  people of Halfaya in Hama countryside after its forces looted the agricultural crops and citizens’ property

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed that the Syrian regime approved the return of people of Halfaya, as a part of the outcomes of the meeting held by officials of the Syrian regime including commanders of “Al-Baath Party” on the 18th of November 2019, the security decree included  the return of the locals of Muhradah countryside, Halfaya and entire countryside of Suran, while the villages and towns near the frontlines with the factions are still excluded from the decree and their residents are prevented from returning to their lands, where they wait for another security decree by the Syrian regime’s officials.

The areas mentioned above were subjected to looting by the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them in the past weeks and months, where they stole the harvest of fruit-bearing trees such as pistachio, olive and other agricultural crops, in addition to looting houses and belongings.

On November 18, SOHR published that a meeting was held yesterday in Hama city included officials of the Syrian regime and “Al-Baath Party”, concerning approval of the return of people of the cities and towns into which the regime forces advanced, in Hama countryside in the recent months.

Sources informed SOHR that the return of the people of entire countryside of Suran as well as Muhradah area was approved, but Halfaya was excluded, the sources also confirmed that the areas near the frontlines with the factions such as Qalaat al-Madiq and some villages and towns, to be excluded.

It is noteworthy that the regime forces imposed their control over tens of scattered towns, villages and farms in the northern countryside of Hama.

On October 3, SOHR published that leadership of the “Baath Party” in Soran wrote a book to the “Party Division” in Kawkab village in the northern countryside of Hama, through which it demanded it to “work on counting the lands that belong to terrorists, gunmen, and supporters of terrorist who are not present in the area, in addition to the lands that belong to unknown people whether agricultural or non-agricultural, and provide us with the required as quickly as possible in accordance with detailed tables with the necessary information including (the name of the landowner and his status, location of the land, the area, type of land agricultural/non-agricultural) in order to contact the concerned authorities and invest the lands in favor of supporting families of the martyrs in accordance with rules and laws.”

This operation comes as part of efforts of the “ruling party’s” in Syria to strip the oppositionists from the rights of use, rent, and farm the lands, and stealing them and giving them to members of the “homeland Army”, Shabiha, and the gunmen loyal to them, which according to surveys by the Syrian Observatory will lead to create new never-ending rivalry and revenge among members of the community, also this approach by Baath Party violates the “Constitution”, especially after the repeal of Article 8 which stipulated that it is “the leading party of the state and society”, and it worth mentioning that the benefit rights are protected in accordance with provisions of the Land Reform Act and the Civil Law, considering them to be as right of use protected by provisions of ownership, the law number  “61” of 2004, which stipulates that “the person who benefits from a state land (agricultural reform of private state property) is considered the owner of the land distributed to him/her from the date of accepting the distribution by the accreditation committee in the province, and it is registered in their names in real estate records at the request of the competent Directorate of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which means that the mentioned lands are the property of their owners even if they do not carry out the procedures to register them in the real estate records, and therefore any violation on this property is against the “Constitution and law”.

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