Court jailed farmers to five months in prison for trespassing and vandalism. Defendants say their lands were seized by senior officials in 1991.
Rangoon’s divisional government has withdrawn a controversial proposal to extend the city limits, just ahead of a scheduled debate in the regional parliament on Friday.
Burma’s parliamentary Farmland Investigation Commission has cited the overwhelming layers of bureaucracy as the foremost cause for delays in returning confiscated land to its original owners.
According to Sagaing villager, 384 acres of land will be returned by military, which confiscated 3,000 acres in Hyaukshai village in 1999 for a sugarcane plantation project.
Farmers in central Burma’s Madaya have vandalised a local fishery pond in a show of anger over the reluctance of the fishery owners to negotiate.
DVB Debate’s panel discusses land rights issues and why so many victims of land confiscation have still not been compensated.