Mozambique's Bar Association says land concession for gas project illegal

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-07 23:03:52|Editor: yan
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MAPUTO, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Mozambique's Bar Association (OAM) said on Friday that the right of land use transferred to gas exploration companies in the Rovuma Basin in northern Mozambique is illegal.

"Land granted to liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants has been removed from affected communities through obscure mechanisms and without legal foundation," said Ricardo Moresse, president of the OAM Human Rights Commission, adding that the minutes of the public consultations of the land allocation process were fraudulent.

Moresse told a press conference in Maputo that the OAM has requested the nullification of the land concession before the Administrative Court.

The right of land use and exploitation for the LNG projects was given to Anadarko and ExxonMobil, both American oil giants.

The association advocates the creation of a plan for human rights, as an instrument that will make it possible to hold those who violate these rights accountable.

"We demand a fair decision by the Administrative Court so that the process is clarified and the project is developed with full respect for human rights," he said.