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Re: [latam] G3/S3* - PARAGUAY/BRAZIL - Govt passes measure creating 50 km security zone along border with Brazil, no foreigners can own land there and military will review land titles; Govt could grant special permission in some cases and not apply thi

Released on 2012-03-13 09:00 GMT

Email-ID 161338
Date 2011-10-27 22:06:05
One big problem I see with enforcing this is the land-owning angle more so
than the nationality angle. If we know that there are second generation
Brasiguayos born in Paraguay or nationalized Brazilians, then the
Paraguayan Govt knows it as well. A direct attack on illegals won't
necessarily solve any problems because some of these people are legit
Paraguayans. This also opens the door for Brazil to voice an opinion about
the treatment of its citizens. On the other hand, Brazil cannot tell
Paragauy how to handle its land reform issue.

Also, the law does provide a process for foreigners to keep their land
provided they show proof of the necessary documents etc. If Paraguay
really didn't want foreigners, I dont see why they would include this as a
possiblity. Lastly, the Paraguayan Govt has also run some campaigns in
the coutry side in the last 3-4 years to help normalize the immigration
status of Brasiguayos in small towns which would benefit workers. This
may not have gotten them all but efforts have been made.

I see the real problem as land titles. Indert has done a crappy job with
records - lack of organization, lack of enforcement, lack of money and
tons of corruption. For some it's unclear who even own what. I think
Paraguay is trying to better idea of who owns what where legitimately and
once they know that they can proceed with a plan. Right now there's just a
lot of people making a lot of noise and the Govt has little control over
the situation. I think moves like this help the Govt take back some of
that control.

And worth a note is Lugo's approach trying not to make a big deal out of
this. He's said it's just enforcing a law that's been around for a while
and that it's not about taking/giving rights away but regulating and
normalizing things.


From: "Renato Whitaker"
To: "LatAm AOR"
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:17:34 PM
Subject: Re: [latam] G3/S3* - PARAGUAY/BRAZIL - Govt passes measure
creating 50 km security zone along border with Brazil, no foreigners can
own land there and military will review land titles; Govt could grant
special permission in some cases and not apply this law

I can see this as being largely benign to land-holding Brasiguayos; many
are naturalized Paraguayan citizens or at least have naturalized children
they can pass the deed on to. This could be tricky for the Brasiguayo
workers, though. The law doesn't specifically mention illegal laborers but
if the army now has the right to search and ascertain the legality of a
land plot this could couple with any sort of illegal immigrant law in
place in Paraguay. Do we know of such laws?

On 10/27/11 2:00 PM, Allison Fedirka wrote:

Just to clarify in Paraguay ere is a border security bill since 2005 and
Lugo just made a decree so that the Govt can regulate the law that
already exists.
As for Brazil, so far I've not seen any Govt comments. In OS the story
seems to have been picked up by a paper in Parana

Tension along the border

The president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, said on Wednesday the signing
of the decree regulating the so-called "Law of the Border Range," which
establishes a security measure, restrictions on ownership by foreigners
of land located within a radius of 50 km of the boundaries of the

It is a normal measure, widely adopted around the world, based on the
principles of sovereignty and the risk that a large foreign population,
located on the borders of the country, can lead to the creation of
enclaves or to alter the boundaries set .

In the case of Paraguay, two factors add to the powder keg:
disorganization (historical or corruption) of a State which, until
today, even implemented a national registry of land and owners, and the
fact that much of the Brazilian colony is installed, just within the
border strip.

In press statements issued yesterday morning (26), in Asuncion, Lugo
played down any impact. "This law does not take and not give rights.
Let's check the land status, but who is the rightful owner should not be
afraid," he said.

The problem, however, is precisely the concept. What has to be a
"beneficial owner"? Remember, at this point that where properties were
sold by the government to more than one owner, who therefore have
scriptures and authentic documents, are common and affect even entire
municipalities in Paraguay.

The judiciary, slow and without the need for clarity, not just slow, as
it often fails to deliver decisions on time. Concrete way, only the
uncertainty of farmers' brasiguaios "that over the years, built their
lives and property in the neighboring country.

As an immediate exit, those who have not made it, there is the option to
become naturalized Paraguayan. In the world of hypothetical solutions,
if the law is for foreigners, this would be sufficient antidote. In the
case of Paraguay, however, there is no simple solution or magic. Legal
uncertainty in the field must, once and for all be eradicated from the
land without evil (the name by which the Guarani were related to their


From: "Karen Hooper"
To: "LatAm AOR"
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 1:41:37 PM
Subject: Re: [latam] G3/S3* - PARAGUAY/BRAZIL - Govt passes measure
creating 50 km security zone along border with Brazil, no foreigners can
own land there and military will review land titles; Govt could grant
special permission in some cases and not apply this law

Has Brazil reacted to this?

Karen Hooper
Latin America Analyst
o: 512.744.4300 ext. 4103
c: 512.750.7234
On 10/27/11 10:05 AM, Antonio Caracciolo wrote:

Is this the Braziguayos area?

On 10/27/11 9:42 AM, Allison Fedirka wrote:

will be very interesting to see just how many people in the border
area have legal Paraguayan documents or are foreigners (or both) and
also to what extent the Govt grants exceptions.


Military inquire land titles in the border areas
October 27, 2011 00:00 -

The Executive Branch yesterday regulated the law that set a border
security zone throughout the Republic. The rule prohibits foreigners
and legal entities composed largely of foreigners, natives of
neighboring countries of Paraguay, to own land in a strip of 50

Part of the decree that was released yesterday by the Executive that
the law regulates border security.
The decree gives the military the authority to verify the conditions
of rural real estate domain, whether domestic or foreign owned.

The case relates to the 2532 Act in force since 2005, but was never
regulated by the power manager. Yesterday was released the 7525 Act
which, among other things, determines what the public institutions
responsible and the mechanism for implementing it.

Keep in mind that the law provides for the strip of 50 kilometers
for foreigners and some specific legal persons mentioned above. It
also clarifies that the same can not be owners, condominium owners
or beneficial owners of rural properties.

By way of exception, the same law states that land may only have the
border who have special permission by executive decree, founded on
reasons of public interest, as those activities that generate
employment of labor in the border security zone.

The Act also grants authority to the Ministry of Defense to perform
at the National Registration of the steps necessary to establish the
zone of security.

New feature

The decree states that the purpose of the inventory of rural
properties in the border region, is granted authority to the
Ministry of Defence to identify the conditions of ownership,
condominium or usufruct of rural land, whether they are owned by
nationals or foreigners who are residing or exploding through
leasing, dedicated to mining activities, industrial or trust, within
the said reference zone.

Foreigners who want to keep land in the time domain and meet the
requirements established by law, mentioned above, must submit an
application to the Ministry of National Defense.

There is an article of the decree that clearly has to fulfill the
mission entrusted to the Ministry of National Defense, this will
take place in close cooperation with the Armed Forces, "military
personnel being fully authorized to perform the function indicated
in coordination with the National Land Registry and the National
Institute of Rural Development and Land (INDERT). "

The regulation also states that the commander of the Armed Forces
must have the commanders of units located within the band perform
regular safety checks and report to the Interagency Commission
Border Security Zone (CIZOSEF), regarding compliance with the
provisions of the Act.

A?Blow to the property?

The decree regulates the law that set a border security zone
provides that managers can control the inventory or property require
documents to people who hold land in the area of a**a**50
kilometers. The owner or occupier of property must file papers
within a period not exceeding 72 hours, otherwise the Office shall
initiate appropriate action. They must file title, maps and payslips
georeferenced property tax. Some benchmarks of the field believe
that compliance requirements are impossible in the time allotted and
fear is a step in the government's attack on the farmers.
Militares indagarA!n tAtulos de tierras en las zonas de frontera
27 de Octubre de 2011 00:00 -

El Poder Ejecutivo reglamentA^3 ayer la ley que fija una zona de
seguridad fronteriza en toda la RepA-oblica. La norma prohAbe a los
extranjeros y a las personas jurAdicas integradas mayoritariamente
por extranjeros, oriundos de paAses limAtrofes del Paraguay, a ser
propietarios de tierras en una franja de 50 kilA^3metros.

Parte del decreto que fue dado a conocer ayer por el Ejecutivo que
reglamenta la ley de seguridad fronteriza.
El decreto reglamentario otorga a los militares la potestad de
verificar las condiciones de dominio de los inmuebles rurales, sean
estos propiedad de nacionales o extranjeros.

El caso tiene relaciA^3n con la Ley 2532 que estA! vigente desde el
2005, pero que nunca fue reglamentada por el poder administrador.
Ayer fue dado a conocer el Decreto 7525 que, entre otras cosas,
determina cuA!les serA!n las instituciones pA-oblicas encargadas y
el mecanismo de aplicaciA^3n de la misma.

Se debe tener en cuenta que la ley dispone la franja de 50
kilA^3metros para extranjeros y algunas personas jurAdicas
determinadas, citadas mA!s arriba. Asimismo, aclara que los mismos
no pueden ser propietarios, condA^3minos o usufructuarios de
inmuebles rurales.

A manera de excepciA^3n, la misma ley determina que solo podrA!n
tener tierras en esa franja fronteriza aquellos que cuenten con una
autorizaciA^3n especial por decreto del Poder Ejecutivo, fundada en
razones de interA(c)s pA-oblico, como aquellas actividades que
generen ocupaciA^3n de mano de obra en la zona de seguridad

La citada ley tambiA(c)n otorga potestad al Ministerio de Defensa
para la realizaciA^3n ante el Servicio Nacional de Catastro de las
diligencias necesarias para el establecimiento de dicha zona de

Nueva funciA^3n

El decreto reglamentario indica que a los efectos de la
realizaciA^3n del inventario de inmuebles rurales en la franja
fronteriza, se otorga potestad al Ministerio de Defensa para
individualizar las condiciones de dominio, condominio o usufructo de
las tierras rurales, sean estas propiedad de connacionales o de
extranjeros que se encuentren residiendo o explotando por medio del
arrendamiento, dedicadas a actividades extractivas, industriales o
fiduciarias, dentro de la mencionada zona de referencia.

Aquellos extranjeros que quieran mantener tierras en la franja de
dominio y cumplan con las exigencias establecidas en la ley, citadas
anteriormente, deben presentar la solicitud correspondiente al
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional.

Existe un artAculo del decreto que dispone de manera clara que para
el cumplimiento de esta misiA^3n encomendada al Ministerio de
Defensa Nacional, esta lo llevarA! a cabo en estrecha cooperaciA^3n
con las Fuerzas Armadas, a**quedando el personal militar plenamente
autorizado para ejercer la funciA^3n indicada, en coordinaciA^3n con
el Servicio Nacional de Catastro y el Instituto Nacional de
Desarrollo Rural y de la Tierra (Indert)a**.

La reglamentaciA^3n tambiA(c)n seA+-ala que el comandante de las
Fuerzas Militares debe disponer que los comandantes de unidades
ubicadas dentro de la franja de seguridad realicen periA^3dicas
verificaciones e informen a la ComisiA^3n Interinstitucional Zona
de Seguridad Fronteriza (CIZOSEF), respecto al cumplimiento de las
disposiciones de la mencionada ley.

A?Golpe a la propiedad?

El decreto que reglamenta la ley que fija una franja de seguridad
fronteriza dispone que los encargados del inventario o control
pueden exigir los documentos de propiedad a las personas que
detentan tierras en la zona de 50 kilA^3metros. El propietario u
ocupante del inmueble debe presentar los papeles en un plazo no
superior de 72 horas, caso contrario la ProcuradurAa iniciarA! las
acciones pertinentes. Los mismos deben presentar tAtulos de
propiedad, planos georreferenciados y boletas de pago del impuesto
inmobiliario. Algunos referentes del campo creen que las exigencias
son de cumplimiento imposible en el plazo fijado y temen que sea un
paso mA!s del gobierno en el ataque a los productores rurales.

Antonio Caracciolo

Renato Whitaker
LATAM Analyst