9 STORIES TAGGED ‘LAND RIGHT’

Karen Groups Voice Opposition to Development Projects that Plunder Ceasefire Areas

November 10, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Karen organizations are accusing the government of abusing the ceasefire process to take advantage of investment opportunities with little regard for potential consequences to the environment or the local population. The latest iteration of the long-standing complaint was lo... Read more ►

NLD Hand Back 232 Acres Confiscated Farmlands – Rightful Owners Not Happy

June 23, 2016  •  Author: Nan Wai Phyo Zar

Villagers in Karen State are less than ecstatic that more than 232 acres of farmland, confiscated by the Burma Army and other government officials will be returned to them. The National League for Democracy Government’s Land Management Group, based in Karen State, said the... Read more ►

KNU Wants Government Recognition of Ethnic Communities and Armed Groups’ Land Ownership Policies

May 29, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Karen National Union leaders has called for respective state and regional governments to recognized land rights and policies that are already in place for decades in ethnic areas and agreed to by both ethnic communities and armed groups. Padoh Mahn Mahn, the joint general se... Read more ►

Land Right Activists Jailed Under Illegal Organization Act

November 27, 2015  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

Two Hpa-an based land right activists have been jailed for two years in jail, under Article 17/1 for association with an illegal organization. The two men, Saw Maung Maung Gyi and Saw Eh Say were sentenced on November 25, at Hpa-an Township’s Court. Saw Maung Maung Gyi, an... Read more ►

Villagers Affected By Asian Highway To Be Paid

February 18, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt and Saw Nyunt Thaung

The Burma government and a Thai company have agreed to pay compensation to farmers for damaging or taking their land while building the Asian Highway network link between Myawaddy and Kawkareik in Karen State. Saw Maw Htoo, Chairperson of the Karen National Union Kawkareik T... Read more ►

Land Owners: “We Have To Rent Our Stolen Lands Of The Army…”

February 14, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

Landowners in Hpa-an Township are frustrated that they have to pay yearly rent to use lands that once belonged to them, but were confiscated by the military in 2003. Villagers claim that the property, that includes land from four villages in Aein Duu village tract, costs the... 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 ►

VILLAGERS CLAIM LAND GRABS FORCING THEM OUT

May 4, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Land confiscation of property belonging to villagers by developers and government officials in Tenasserim Division has become a complicated issue for the Karen National Union (KNU) during its peace-building process with the Burma government. Ber Baw Lor, a Karen village in s... Read more ►

Land disputes increase in Karen State

April 8, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Disputes over land issues have increased in the Hpa-an Town region in Karen State since the establishment of economic zones and a rush to start ‘development projects’ in the area. Myaing Thar Yar villagers have reported to government officials that the children o... Read more ►

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