Honduran farmers plan high-court battle against land grab
Farmers in Honduras are preparing a court challenge to an attempt by the government's National Agrarian Institute to expropriate their land.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Farmers' leaders said they would ask the Supreme Court to declare the measure a breach of the Constitution. They claim they were never consulted and the expropriation amounts to a "license to squatters" who have invaded idle land.
A decree that proposes the expropriation of unused farmland in Honduras has come under fire from farmers' leaders who claim it will frighten off potential investors.
Sugar producers are demanding respect for legitimate ownership of 10,000 hectares of plantations and mills currently under dispute.
The National Agrarian Institute (INA in Spanish) has decided to expropriate 4,200 hectares of land from Compañía Azucarera de Honduras S.A. (CAHSA).
Nicaragua is ranked 123 out of 130 countries included in the latest International Right to Property Index by the NGO Americans Tax Reform.
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