Karen Villagers Demand Compensation For Land Losses Caused By Cement Factory

September 20, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Farmers have demanded compensation for their land confiscated and for losses of land to mining and a cement factory in Hlakar village track, in Hpa-an, Karen State. The Hlakar farmers held a meeting in the village on September 12 that decided to present their five-point dema... Read more ►

Burma Army: only villagers who sign contract can work confiscated land

August 7, 2013  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Villagers from the Taungoo region claim that Burma military officials are offering to contract local farmers to work land that was confiscated from them by the army during the previous military regime. Villagers said that the military officials responsible are from the Bayin... Read more ►

KNU: New Land Laws a Major Barrier to Peace

August 2, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen National Union claims that the Burma’s recently introduced Land Laws could cause problems for the country’s peace efforts. The KNU urged the government to not apply it during the peace building process between the government and ethnic armed groups. The KNUR... Read more ►

Villagers, the big losers as land is ‘grabbed’ for development

August 1, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Driving through the rural roads of the Tenasserim (Tanintharyi) region in Southern Burma, vast plantation of palm oil and rubber trees stretch on either side of the roads. Signboards along the roads and in the town proclaim that, ‘Tanintharyi Division is the Oil Bowl of M... Read more ►

The KNU land policy to go to the Burma government

July 30, 2013  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung (KIC)

In an effort to protect lands that were confiscated or stolen for recent development projects and business development in Karen State, the Karen National Union is working on a land policy that will then be proposed to the Burma government. A KNU source said that the organiza... Read more ►

Burma Army ‘mark’ KNU registered farmlands

July 26, 2013  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Villagers in Htantabin Township witnessed the Burma Army putting up placards claiming their land that was confiscated under the former military regime. Villagers said that the Burma Army put up the placards on the disputed land on July 20. Villagers said the original landown... Read more ►

Burma Army: villagers allege death threats and land grabs

July 15, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen National Union (KNU) in Southern Burma allege that a Burma Army commander threatened to kill villagers who met with its local officials to lodge complaints over land disputes. Saw Eh Mu Dah, the KNU’s Ler Mu Lah Township leader in the Mergui-Tavoy District cl... Read more ►

Govt land registration officials ignore land confiscation claims

June 24, 2013  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Villagers in the Taungoo area claim that government officials from the Land Registration Directorate are ignoring their reports of land confiscation cases. Original landowners from Htan Tabin Township, Taungoo District, Pegu Division accuse officials from the Land Registrati... Read more ►

Phakat village plea to get their land back falls on deaf ears

June 20, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Villagers from Hpa-an Township have appealed for the second time in a letter sent to President U Thein Sein for the government’s land confiscation commission to investigate claims that their lands were illegally taken by government authorities. The villagers, from Phakat, ... Read more ►

Govt land confiscation commission lacks teeth

June 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Government officials, from Nay Pyi Taw, working for the land confiscation investigation commission team and led by Dr. Htay Win were in Hpa-an last week on a fact finding mission. The investigation team met with landowners who alleged their land had been confiscated. Local f... Read more ►

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