Public Defender's Proposal on Alienation of Agricultural Land Plots

On December 7, 2017, the Public Defender of Georgia addressed the Prime Minister, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Chairman of the National Agency of Public Property and the Chairman of Borjomi Municipal Council to prevent alienation of the state or municipality-owned agricultural lands of Bakuriani settlement and Didi Mitarbi village before the end of the ongoing criminal investigation.

Part of the population of the Bakuriani settlement and Didi Mitarbi village has documents confirming the legitimate ownership of the land plots, which gives them legal basis to register ownership rights. However, this process is delayed by the investigation ongoing into the alleged abuse of power by the employees of the Borjomi municipal administration.

It should be taken into consideration that the state currently manages the lands under its ownership in the territory of Borjomi and Didi Mitarbi. As a result, the majority of the population, who have actually owned agricultural lands for years and have relevant documents, but are unable to register their ownership rights, face a real risk of infringement of their property rights.

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