Refugees threaten expropriation
Assad blocked millions return
A law should facilitate the reconstruction of Syria. According to a media report under this guise, regime critics threaten the expropriation of home and property. As a result, Assad is preventing the return of millions of refugees – including from Germany
Under the pretext of the organized reconstruction of the war-torn country, Syria’s regime is creating the possibility of mass expropriations. According to a report of the “world” all private land, houses and apartments fall to the state, if their owners do not identify themselves in a month in a newly installed authority.
A new law was thus designed to enrich the Assad regime in terms of the property of critics, actual and alleged oppositionists and refugees. This could reward line-loyal generals and militia leaders and provide the bankrupt country with new assets to finance reconstruction. In addition, could be housed in the real estate foreign fighters, writes “The World”. These measures would allow around eleven million Syrians who fled war and torture to return to their homeland.
According to the government, the new law only serves to tackle the problem of occupied houses, the “world” continues to report. For this purpose, administrative units would be formed in all municipalities, which should accelerate the rebuilding of the areas controlled by the regime. All Syrians are therefore called to report to the newly created authority and to submit personally or through a relative ownership documents for real estate or land. Objects without assigned ownership would, according to the article, be part of a structural reorganization and thus fell to the state.
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Especially for about five million Syrians who have fled the country while fleeing and another six million displaced within the country, the required proof is virtually impossible to provide. Many of them face arrest, torture or death in case of return. In addition, according to a study by the Norwegian Refugee Council, only 17 percent of property documents fled abroad have. Within Syria, it should be according to the United Nations, only nine percent.
The World Bank estimates that $ 200 billion will be needed to rebuild Syria. The allies Russia and Iran do not want to spend even more in addition to their costly military operations. The EU and US are ready to provide financial support for reconstruction only on condition of profound political changes in Syria. An already adopted UN resolution actually commits Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to facilitate the return of refugees. Law No. 10 is in direct conflict, according to the report..