Under the British colonial rule, Sierra Leone’s land mass was divided into two areas, the colony area and protectorate area. The British government, under the Crown Queen, had direct rule over the land within the capital of Freetown, which was the colony, leaving the provincial lands under the customary rule of chiefs and tribal heads, naming that area as the protectorate region.
Reports suggest the COVID-19 fallout is providing opportunities for elites to seize lands and rewrite regulations. We need effective responses to secure land rights and lay the foundations for a just recovery.
Date: 5 août 2019
Par: Jean-François Pollet
Joseph Rahall, la tête de Green Scenery (pays vert), organisation de défense de l'environnement et des droits de l'homme, sillonne régulièrement les vingt-quatre villages de la région de Malen pour rappeler aux paysans leurs droits à la terre.
This story was submitted as part of the Land Portal Data Stories Contest and was the recipient of the second prize.
The Namati team in Sierra Leone is engaged in an ongoing effort to discover sustainable measures for community ownership, management, and administration of land and natural resources throughout the country. To this end, we have taken on a new project: the application of a legal empowerment approach to community land protection.
A small band of grassroots advocates has been helping communities in Sierra Leone secure better deals for their land, says Sonkita Conteh, from paralegal organisation Namati