Land Invasion: From Temporary to Permanent

Over two years have passed since criminal groups invaded productive land in Nicaragua, and although there have been promises to restore the rights of the owners, up to date 29 properties remain taken.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

In the context of the political and social crisis that erupted in the country in 2018, at the end of June of that year it was reported that at least ten private properties in Rivas, Matagalpa, Chinandega and Managua had been taken over by criminals.

The following months the problem continued to worsen, as in July 2018 the invasion of the lands of a company dedicated to passion fruit production was reported.

Today, two and a half years after these criminal practices began, the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep) reports that there are still 29 producers in the country whose property rights have not been reestablished, since their lands are still taken.

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Michael Healy, president of Cosep, told that "... many properties were taken in 2018 and early 2019, and have remained this way. Currently there are five thousand blocks still occupied, a large part of which are located in the central and Pacific regions of the country."

Healy explained that although the owners of the properties have sent all the necessary information to the Attorney General's Office to support their claims, and from the Union of Agricultural Producers of Nicaragua (Upanic) they send them a mail every fifteen days to know about the progress, there are no answers or willingness to repair the damages.

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