Many displaced internally or across the border did not bring relevant papers with them.
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Rights groups and specialists are sounding the alarm over a new Syrian law on urban development, saying millions of displaced risk never returning home after losing claim to land left behind. The Urban Renewal Law, commonly known as Decree 10, allows the government to take private property to create zoned developments, compensating owners with shares of the new projects.Under Decree 10, once Syria's government designates a development zone, authorities have one month to publicly notify landowners of the shares option.Those with deeds in government registries automatically receive shares, but those without must prove ownership within 30 days. Less than 40 percent of those displaced to northwest Syria by a government offensive on the Eastern Ghouta rebel bastion had saved theirs, according to a survey by Syrian civil society group The Day After.Syrians in government territory won't dare make property claims for Decree 10 on behalf of displaced people branded traitors, said Syrian lawyer Hussein Bakri, who wrote TDA's assessment of the law.
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