Having no legal authority, the LRMC will however recourse other than to the mediation. No positive outcome can only be achieved if both parties reach an agreement. If a party is accused of having robbed someone in the past, it was not even required to attend a meeting of the LRMC and accept a recommendation. "The Commission has no legal authority, but it can go to court," says a source close to the matter.
Born of a recommendation of the Commission Justice & Truth (CJV), made in February 2011, LRMC has already a good basis to start its work. FVA has already identified 80 suspected cases of dispossession. It found that thousands of acres of land have been "stolen". This through various means ranging from expropriation, falsification of documents, password-rights, legal or illegal, or requirements made in the back of the owners.
Latter were often descendants of slaves, but sometimes also descendants of coolies. In many cases, these are big sugar establishments that are singled out. The "flight" was so therefore it had a significant impact on the socio-economic environment of the country.
CJV Mauritians found that Afro-Malagasy have little land. Yet it has not always been so. "After abolition, many families of former slaves bought land ', but then they were dispossessed. Ditto for those of Indian origin, who had property in the 19th century and have lost during the 20th century. "People of color" and many poor whites "have also lost most of their lands in the late 20th century."
When he announced the creation of the LRMC, Xavier-Luc Duval, Vice Prime Minister and Finance Minister acknowledged that "a very important aspect of the work of FVA is the whole issue of poor families who were dispossessed of their lands. It is important to light. "
The LRMC is a permanent body composed of a prosecution lawyer, a surveyor from the Department of Lands and a representative of the Registrar General. These have already been appointed. Xavier-Luc Duval added that this new body "will shed light on these 80 cases, but also in other cases reported in the High-Powered Committee (chaired by the Minister of Finance himself). The Commission will invite families dispossessed owners and current mediation or when cases go to court. We hope to provide a glimmer of hope to families that history has played a trick. "
But LRMC not stop there. Also act as a mediator and try to make arrangements amicably, it will also help people in their genealogical research and surveying of land.
Coordination team, set up in parallel to ensure that the FVA recommendations are followed, met for the first time, Friday, March 1, for a contact between the four members, namely Mr. Jacques Panglose, Chairman, Vijaya Teelock, Elwyn Chutel and Jean-Philippe Etienne.