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    Is the West's embrace of Burma about liberation or exploitation?

    Kevin Woods
    08 November 2013
    Multi-media

    In the last year, Burma has changed from being seen as a 'rogue terrorist state' to being a Western darling. Kevin Woods talks about what this change means for people on the ground in Burma.

     
  2. The draft land use policy: putting big business first

    Jennifer Franco
    11 December 2014
    Article

    There are some big problems with the current draft of the policy and they stem mainly from its failure to recognise that land has more than an economic function.

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    Plow protesters lose land and liberty in Myanmar

    12 November 2014
    In the media

    Almost 200 farmers from five villages have been arrested since 2012 for protests over land confiscated by the military.

  4. Burmese Investment Boom Fuels Worries Over Land Grabs

    Ron Corben
    22 October 2012
    In the media

    The opening of Burma’s economy to foreign investors is leading to conflicts over land confiscation, as politically-connected businessmen seize agricultural lands for development projects

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    Fears over growth in land concessions

    10 June 2013
    In the media

    Activists have raised concerns about continued growth in large-scale land concessions to agribusinesses, warning that small-scale landholders are being left without a source of income.

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    Ceasefires facilitating land grabs: Think tank

    10 June 2013
    In the media

    A briefing paper jointly published earlier this month by the Netherlands-based think tank groups has asserted that new ceasefires that have been signed since 2011 have further facilitated land grabbing in conflict-affected areas where large development projects in resource-rich ethnic regions have already taken place.

  7. Land Confiscations and Collective Action in Myanmar’s Dawei Special Economic Zone Area: Implications for Rural Democratization

    • Yukari Sekine
    04 February 2016
    Paper

    The recent political and economic liberalization in Burma/Myanmar, while indicative of some positive steps toward democratisation, has increased foreign and domestic investments and geared the economy toward industrialisation and large-scale agriculture. Land governance procedures and implementation tend to favour the more powerful and well-connected, with little protection mechanism for the majority smallholding farmers in the country.

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    Three quarters of new land concessions unused: ministry

    15 December 2013
    In the media

    New data shows that less than one-quarter of the area of large-scale land concessions awarded to businesses since 2010-11 is being used for agriculture. This raises “serious questions” about the government’s land use policies.

  9. The Meaning of Land in Myanmar

    • Jennifer Franco, Hannah Twomey, Khu Khu Ju, Pietje Vervest, Tom Kramer
    28 January 2016
    Primer

    “Land is like our vein; it is vital for our living. After our land was confiscated, we don’t know what to do for our livelihood,” says a farmer from Kachin State in Myanmar. Today many inhabitants of rural communities in Myanmar live under threat of losing their lands in a battle for resources spurred by ethnic conflict, exploitative land laws, and powerful economic actors. The existence of a legal right to the land does not translate into that right being respected in practice, and people across the country are now working to protect their right to the land.

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    FDI Could Worsen Burma’s Ethnic Strife

    Paul Vrieze, Saw Yan Naing
    21 February 2013
    In the media

    The report “Developing Disparity: regional investment in Burma’s borderlands,” by the Transnational Institute and the Burma Centre Netherlands, said Burma’s reforms are helping to rapidly integrate it with the burgeoning regional economy and the country’s ethnic areas are likely targets for foreign businesses.

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    Ethnic Activists Warn of Surge in Land Grabs After Ceasefires

    14 May 2013
    In the media

    About 40 ethnic activist groups are calling on the government, ethnic militias and the international community to address a surge in land-grabbing, as companies move into Burma’s ethnic regions following recent ceasefire agreements.

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    ‘Rule of Law’ Will End Land Grabs in Ethnic Areas, Official Tells Activists

    13 May 2013
    In the media

    An advisor to President Thein Sein met with a group of ethnic activists in Naypyidaw on Friday and tried to assuage their concerns over a recent rise in land conflicts in Burma’s ethnic areas.

  13. A political anatomy of land grabs

    Kevin Woods
    10 March 2014
    Article

    The phrase “land grab” has become common in Myanmar, often making front page news. This reflects the more open political space available to talk about injustices, as well as the escalating severity and degree of land dispossession under the new government.

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    Land confiscation issue major concern for Burma’s rights groups

    23 October 2012
    In the media

    Land confiscation disputes are increasing in Burma, where all land is nominally owned by the state.

  15. Myanmar activist in court as land crackdown deepens, rights groups say

    04 September 2015
    In the media

    Thomson Reuters Foundation - A prominent farmers' activist in Myanmar appeared in court on Friday in what watchdog organisations say is part of an escalating crackdown on land rights campaigners.

  16. Burma’s Ethnic Challenge: From Aspirations to Solutions

    • Burma Centrum Netherlands
    11 October 2013
    Report

    “Important steps have been made in national reconciliation during the past two years. But promises and ceremonies will never be enough. The long-standing aspirations of Burma’s peoples for peace and justice must find solutions during the present time of national transition.”

  17. Jennifer Franco

    Profile
    Researcher

    Jennifer C. Franco is a research associate in the Agrarian and Environmental Justice as well as the 'Myanmar in Focus' Programmes of TNI, and an adjunct professor at the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of the China Agricultural University in Beijing....

  18. Jun Borras

    Profile
    Fellow

    Saturnino 'Jun' M Borras Jr. is a Filipino political activist and academic who has been deeply involved in rural social movements in the Philippines and internationally since the early 1980s. He was part of the core organising team that established the international peasant movement La Via Campesina and has written extensively on land issues and agrarian movements. He is currently a...