Dawei farmers take to the streets to demand their land back

November 14, 2013  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

For the first time in decades, farmers in Dawei Township held a demonstration in Dawei City in an attempt get back farmlands returned to them that were confiscated by the former military regime. Ko Tun Tun Win, a farmer who led the demonstration accused local government offi... Read more ►

KNU And GOVT Agree To Work Together On Land Issues

November 12, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union and the government have agreed to work together to try to solve contentious land issues, including confiscation. At the regional level meeting between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Tanintharyi government, both sides agreed that the KNU and g... Read more ►

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 ►

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