Farmers locked in a land dispute with Burma’s armed forces pledged to renew their fight after being released from jail on Friday, in a case testing leader Aung San Suu…
Tennasserim villagers launched the ‘Green Desert’ report on Thursday, calling for a Malaysian-backed palm oil project to be immediately suspended.
Resolving myriad land disputes, often involving farmers with no documents to back their claims, was a core National League for Democracy campaign pledge. Fulfilling it is proving difficult.
Land conflicts in Burma have escalated in recent years, with military and armed groups driving people from their land, and new laws failing to protect farmers, says a rights watchdog.
Burma ranks second to last on this year’s International Property Rights Index, boding ill for the country’s prospects for economic development.
The new government will have to address numerous junta-era land grabs, such as in Ayeyawaddy Region’s Pantanaw Township where hundreds of farmers lost land.