BRIEF – MoD promises to return seized lands

Burma’s Ministry of Defence has pledged to return more than 150,000 acres of confiscated lands across the country. The gesture follows the return of 50,000 acres in the past year. Deputy Defence Minister Gen Kyaw Nyunt said on Wednesday that the military is set to suspend land confiscations throughout Burma and will focus on returning previously seized lands back to original owners. It has previously been noted in parliament that military units across the country continue to fence off land and have charged famers with trespassing.