Sri Lanka

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Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)

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    Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

    Legend: National laws adoption of the VGGT principle
    • Fully adopt
    • Partially adopt
    • Not adopted
    • Missing Value

    Note: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (The VGGTs) were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012.

    The "VGGT indicators" dataset has been created by Nicholas K. Tagliarino, PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen, with support from Daniel Babare and Myat Noe (LLB Students, University of Groningen). The indicators assess national laws in 50 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America against international standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement as established by Section 16 of the VGGTs.

    Each indicator relates to a principle established in section 16 of the VGGTs. Hold the mouse against the small "i" button above for a more detailed explanation of the indicator.

    Answering the questions posed by these indicators entails analyzing a broad range of national-level laws, including national constitutions, land acquisition acts, land acts, community land acts, agricultural land acts, land use regulations, and some court decisions.


    Latest News

    By: Kamanthi Wickramasinghe
    Date: November 2nd 2016
    Source: Daily Mirror

    The law relating to land rights and land contracts in Sri Lanka have been embedded in a complex web of statutes that existed since the year 1863. This was during the colonial rule, a period in which the  patriarchal system prevailed.   

    By: LBO
    Date: September 23rd 2016
    Source: Lanka Business Online

    Sep 23, 2016 (LBO) – Sustainable city development will need to entail alternative housing for urban poor as they are service providers for city dwellers, industrial hub and the ports while also looking at affordability for the middle income earner, a senior official said.

    By: Niranjani Roland and Asanka Fernando
    Date: March 3rd 2016
    Source: UCA News

    Property rights should be included in the island nation's constitution, activists say

    Punchirala Somasiri feels helpless whenever his oldest child asks for extra money to buy things for school. Most of the time he has to borrow money from a friend to give to his child.



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    August 2000

    This Act provides for the protection of the tenant cultivator's rights from any abuse or prevarication by the landowner. It prescribes the right of the tenant to be the first one informed about the sale of the paddy land he/she is cultivating, it forbids unlawful eviction from the cultivated land, it provides for the payment of rent and the exemption from payment in case paddy land has not been cultivated or has not produced any agricultural commodities for force majeure.

    March 2010

    These Regulations establish administrative procedures, in particular: tax and levy to be paid where the holding is 10 Acres or less in extent or over 10 Acres in extent. They provide for: (a) nomination tendered after prescribed period; (b) cancellation of a nomination; (c) second or any subsequent nomination; (d) cancellation and a second or subsequent nomination.

    Amends: Land Development Ordinance 1935 (No. 19 of 1935). (1973)

    September 1972

    Any agricultural land owned by any person in excess of the ceiling established by the Land Reform Commission shall (a) be deemed to vest in the Commission; and (b) be deemed to be held by the former owner under a statutory lease from the Commission in compliance with the terms and conditions set out by the Law.

    July 1924

    The Ordinance is the general law on matrimonial property rights. In particular, it establishes administrative and legal proceedings and specifies that women are capable of holding, acquiring and disposing of any movable or immovable property as if she were a femme sole, without the consent or intervention of her husband. This applies to all property belonging to her at the time of marriage and property acquired or devolved to her after marriage. She also has the same remedies and redress by way of criminal proceedings for the protection and security of her separate property (16).

    September 1975

    The Law ratifies the institution of the Tea Small Holdings Development Authorities, its function and tasks as per the development of the small holdings, , the acquisition of lands and facilities for the tea factories, the promotion of sales and the marketing activities.

    Amended by: Tea Small Holdings Development (Amendment) Act No. 36 of 1991. (1991-08-28)
    Amended by: Tea Small Holdings Development (Amendment) Act No. 21 of 1997. (1997-08-12)