The eviction of thousands of long-term settlers living on the fringes of Mandalay’s railway network are to be followed with an even larger dispossession of homeowners and businesses in the region, as military land grabs continue apace. The junta has, since the coup, established what it calls “Township Encroachment Committees” in Mandalay with the intent …
Advocacy group Human Rights Watch has criticised slow progress in addressing historical land grabs, which continue to leave large numbers of people destitute, and inadequate legal reform in protecting land tenure.
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.
The NLD government’s efforts to resolve thousands of land-grab disputes involving the military could put it on a collision course with Burma’s powerful generals.
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.
At the expense of poor farmers, land grabs have been on the rise since conflict re-erupted in Kachin State.