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Legislation to Protect Persons Displaced Internally by Development Projects

Published By : Brookings | Publish Date : 21 Oct, 2013

On September 26, 2013, India adopted a historic new bill which, for the first time, addressed internal displacement caused by development. The long name chosen by the lawmakers for this bill sounds almost like a manifest: “The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act” (LARR). The LARR institutes not only novel rules for acquiring land, but also legislates the obligation of the project which causes the displacement to resettle affected communities and enable their recovery. The LARR also provided, for the first time, a measure of protection of the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) – rights trampled upon and denied to them in previous displacements. The LARR also set forth new economic entitlements for IDPs, and new entitlements to information and consultation on the changes that displacement imposes on their work, income and entire existence.

Link : http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2013/10/21-india-displacement-cernea

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