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They prioritize land restitution in seven municipalities of Chocó

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They prioritize land restitution in seven municipalities of Chocó

The Bogotá Territorial Directorate of the Land Restitution Unit (URT) reinforced its efforts with the Public Force to expand the microfocused areas in the department of Chocó, where this office has jurisdiction. That is, these are those areas that have the security conditions suitable to begin administrative tasks that allow requests to be immediately addressed.

The Land Restitution Unit will arrive in seven municipalities of Chocó prioritized in the Development Program with a Territorial Approach (Pdet) in the first half of 2024 through the Bogotá Territorial Directorate with jurisdiction in this department.

“With the endorsement of the Public Force we will attend to 440 restitution requests in the municipalities of San José del Palmar, Bagadó and Bojayá. The suspension of the municipalities of Sipí and Nóvita was lifted, and the Medio Atrato and Istmina microzone was expanded. We seek the reestablishment of more than 24 thousand hectares of land to individual route families in these municipalities,” said Martha Arévalo, territorial director of the URT Bogotá.

It is important to note that Bojayá, Istmina, Medio Atrato, Sipí and Nóvita are municipalities that are part of the Development Programs with a Territorial Approach (PDET). Furthermore, these localities alone account for 40% of the land restitution requests in the department, which are expected to begin to be processed, gradually, starting in the first half of 2024.

With the endorsement of the Public Force, the URT thus begins the administrative stage in these municipalities. This is the first phase of the land restitution process, in which the entity carries out the necessary procedures to collect on the ground all the information that supports the applicant’s testimony, contextualizes how the events of dispossession and/or forced abandonment occurred, and achieves the identification and georeferencing of the claimed properties.

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With the information collected at this stage, in a later phase, the judicial one, a lawsuit is presented before the specialized judges representing the victims (if they decide) and awaits the restitution ruling.

To date, the Bogotá Territorial Directorate has filed 26 lawsuits before the specialized restitution court of Quibdó, and hopes for prompt rulings that guarantee the return of families, the consolidation of the social fabric and the promotion of rural productivity.

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