Court jailed farmers to five months in prison for trespassing and vandalism. Defendants say their lands were seized by senior officials in 1991.
Following last week’s sentencing of three local farmers, a Karenni court finds six more guilty of trespassing, prompting local supporters to stage a rally.
As many as 500 villagers protested in front of a township court after three of their peers were sentenced for their part in a symbolic “plough protest”.
A coalition of ethnic NGOs says the draft National Land Use Policy is flawed because it overlooks traditional shifting agricultural practices in Burma.
Eight farmers jailed for staging a plough protest on military-confiscated land in Sagaing Division’s Kanbalu Township are now facing additional charges for trespassing.
Karenni farmers, who sent a letter to Commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing asking him to intervene in a local land dispute, say they have now been threatened by local military…