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21-05-2024
On April 4, the Council of Ministers issued Decision No. 16, containing the executive instructions for Law No. 26 of 2023, related to the Disposal of Movable and Immovable Properties Confiscated under a Final Judicial Ruling, under the name "Special System for the Management and Investment of Confiscated Assets." Law No. 26 of 2023 concerns the management, investment, and transfer of ownership of movable and immovable assets confiscated from those convicted by a final court ruling issued by any competent court dealing with felonies or terrorism, in accordance with various preceding laws.

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21-05-2024
In March 2024, the Real Estate Finance Oversight Commission announced that it had adjusted property appraisal fees to align with what it described as current “economic conditions,” and to take into account small- and medium-sized loans. The REFOC also indicated that it is working on revising its property appraisal guidance manual and finalising a memorandum of understanding with the Central Bank of Syria.

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 Ministry of Finance’s decision No. 2091 of 2023, adopting two new reconstruction stamps

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21-05-2024
In the spring of 2023, a building in Darayya in Rural Damascus, was rigged with explosives and demolished during the filming of scenes for an artistic project directed by Syrian film director Najdat Ismail Anzour. The building, which had five floors, was built in 2010 and was permitted within the city's zoning plans. It was situated in the zoned and licensed residential area of Al-Jamiat Al-Insha’iya, near the Al-Samah bin Malik Al-Khaulani Mosque.

Analysis & Features

07-05-2024
After being approved by the Parliament in its session held on February 2, 2024, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued Law No. 7 of 2024, amending certain articles of Law No. 62 of 2006 concerning badia (“barren” or “steppe”) lands. The amendments included an increase in the financial penalties imposed for the following violations of badia lands: grazing livestock, deforestation, farming and agriculture.

Reports & Papers

04-04-2024
This legal analytical and policy paper assesses both the development and current state of HLP rights and security of tenure in informal settlements with the aim of informing future international programming and domestic policy decisions addressing or otherwise impacting informal settlement communities in Syria.

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03-04-2024
The Military Construction Establishment (MCE) was founded in 1972 as the first state-run construction company to be established after former President Hafez Al-Assad took power.

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14-05-2024
The Executive Office of the Tartous City Council proposed in March to establish 14 new zoning areas in the city under the provisions of the Urban Planning and Development Law No. 23 of 2015. The Executive Office sent the proposal to the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment for the approval to zone the areas, which mostly contain informal settlements .

Analysis & Features

30-04-2024
Law No. 13 of 2013 introduced a five percent fee on both direct and indirect taxes and fees under the title “National Contribution for Reconstruction.” This tax applies to those liable for real profit taxes and other tax and duty payers, while income tax on salaries and wages as well as electricity fees are exempted from this tax hike. In practice, the National Contribution for Reconstruction is a tax on taxes.

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14-05-2024
Over the last two years, Alawites residing in the informal Al-Abbasiyah neighbourhood in eastern Homs have increasingly felt that the area is no longer suitable for living - and some have relocated to other parts of the city - due to the growing influence of armed Shia militias and their involvement in illegal drug trade.
14-05-2024
In March, the Ministry of Finance issued precautionary seizure orders on the properties of dozens of individuals from Zakia, a town in the Rural Damascus governorate. These orders appear to be aimed at punishing entire families, in response to armed confrontations that occurred in August 2023 between some family members and local armed groups affiliated with the Fourth Division, the regime's most influential force.
07-05-2024
In recent weeks, several articles published in state-run news outlets discussed the possibility of converting Sahl Al-Ghab “Al-Ghab Plain” in western Hama into a “private agricultural zone.” It's not clear what is meant by a private agricultural zone, and the regulations governing the agricultural sector have not addressed this concept before.
07-05-2024
On February 26, 2024, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform issued Decision No. 35, establishing the Fund to Finance the National Project for Transition to Modern Irrigation. This comes eight months after the issuance of Law No. 10 of 2023, which stipulated the establishment of the fund, with the aim of regulating the mandatory transition plan to modern irrigation in irrigated agricultural lands.