Briefing note: Housing Land and Property (HLP) in the Syrian Arab Republic

Briefing note: Housing Land and Property (HLP) in the Syrian Arab Republic

This  note  explains  why  housing,  land  and  property  (HLP)  rights  are  relevant  to  the  current  humanitarian  response  inside  the  Syrian  Arab  Republic  (Syria).  While  attention  must  remain  focused  on  immediate  life-saving  actions,  steps  to  address  HLP  issues  should  also  be  considered  and  included  at  the  outset  of  any  response,  as  the  failure  to  do  so  can  undermine  the  efficacy  and  durability  of  humanitarian  assistance and long-term recovery. Understanding and addressing HLP issues  in  Syria  will  contribute  to  restoring  and  strengthening  the  rule  of  law.  Addressing  HLP  rights  will  also  ensure  a  more  equitable  and  sustainable humanitarian response, and will ultimately protect, support and strengthen the safety and resilience of those affected by the crisis.

To  assist  in  the  understanding  of  Syria’s  HLP  system,  this  document  provides an overview of the country’s pre-crisis land governance,; HLP legal framework, and current HLP issues; and offers recommendations for action and remedy.

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