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 ►

Burma Army returns confiscated farmland — at a price

June 6, 2013  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Following a number of reports and demands made to the Burma Army chief-of-staff for their confiscated lands to be returned to them, 70 farmers from Yay Twin Gone village tract, Twantay Township, have won the right to work their land. Local sources said that farmers have been... Read more ►

Karen leader: “Development, there is always a price to pay…”

June 6, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, the Karen National Union’s general secretary, in an exclusive interview with Karen News explains his organization position on development and land ownership. “Everyone wants development but when there is development, there is always a price to pay. Do... Read more ►

People in ‘authority’ approve land theft

May 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Saw Albert, the field director of the Karen Human Rights Group, in an exclusive interview with Karen News, said that since Burma’s 2010 election, changes in the government’s administration has allowed a lot of business and development projects to come into the countr... Read more ►

Karen State – land disputes a growing problem

April 19, 2013  •  Author: Saw Ehna

The once forested slopes of the hills around Kyeik Pe Lor village are now surrounded by rubber trees or burnt black in preparation for the planting of more rubber trees. Forests have been burnt to the ground. The burnt land once was part of the villager’s rotation rice far... Read more ►

Karen farmers hope Govt’s land offer bears fruit

March 26, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Farmers in Karen State have been told to apply for land concession of their farmland that were either confiscated or were sold off by officials in the previous military government before the 2010 national election. From February this year farmers can now apply to village adm... Read more ►

Burma Army Grabs Villagers Land to Make Way for Development Projects

March 8, 2013  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei

A new report – Losing Ground – by the Karen Human Rights Group documenting the land grabs by the Burma Army in Karen State was released this week in Bangkok at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand. The report highlights cases of the Burma Army taking l... Read more ►

Land grab in Tontay Township

March 6, 2013  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Despite ceasefire arrangements villagers in Karen State are worried that unscrupulous local officials will force them off their farmland and business interests wanting the land for development projects. Recent cases of confiscated land in the Tontay Township region have seen... Read more ►

Massive industrial project jeopardizes local communities

December 18, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

A new report by Arakan Oil Watch (AOW) called “Danger Zone” alleges that a planned Chinese industrial zone threatens the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people in Arakan State as well as Burma’s second largest mangrove forest. Arakan Oil Watch (AOW) is a community-... Read more ►

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