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Rakhine land dispute continues as farmers demand fair compensation

Over two dozen Sittwe farmers have rejected compensation offered for their confiscated farmland, demanding either payment at market value, or the restitution of their plots.

The land dispute dates back 25 years, when the farmers say their 160 acres in Set Yoe Kya Ward near the Rakhine State capital was illegally seized by government officials for an intended industrial zone.....Read more


Farmers Fight ‘Official Ownership’ Application of Confiscated Lands Near Inle Lake

Farmers claiming ownership of confiscated land near Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe Township, southern Shan State have filed a complaint against businesses’ application for official ownership documents of the land.

The former Shan State government acquired the land from locals for a proposed hotel zone project in 2012, but subsequently sold the land ...Read more


Farmers protest distribution of old farmlands

Local farmers have protested against the distribution of old farmlands in the Ngamyar village of Ngazun township in Myingyan district, Mandalay Region.
During the protest, these farmers also asked the locals to dismiss the regional minister of agriculture and irrigation.
Some 300 local farmers in Ngamyar village staged the protest on May 11. Under the current government, the old farms – worked by the local farmers for many years – were apportioned to other farmers as alluvial lands, and hence, ..........Read more


Hsipaw residents demand their land back

Some 30 local residents of Hsipaw Township in northern Shan State marched through the streets on Thursday, demanding the return of lands which were seized by the previous military government.

About 30 villagers from Kha Laing in Hsipaw Township marched on the street on April 27, demanding their lands back.

According to a locally based Shan Herald reporter: “There were about 30 villagers from Kha Laing protesting.......Read more

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Our Customary Lands Documentary

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Mother Land (part 1)

Mother Land (part 2 )

Jetsu Garden and Generals Village

Land Grabbing in Mingaladon.