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350 Mandalay farmers facing court over land grabs

Some 350 farmers from Burma’s Mandalay Division are facing court cases related to land-grabbing, most of them brought since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took power a year ago, lawyers and activists said Thursday.

Anger among the rural poor over rampant seizures of land under the former military government that ran the country for half a century was a key factor that helped propel Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to power......Read more


Myanmar Villagers Demand Land Compensation From Copper Mine Operator

About 100 residents from the town of Letpadaung protested on Tuesday against the Chinese company that operates a controversial copper mine in northwestern Myanmar’s Sagaing region, a villager said.

The protesters blocked the road to the mine and demanded that Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd. Company give them the 1,900 acres of land they were supposed to receive according to the recommendations of a parliamentary commission, Ko La Pyae from Moegyopyin Ale village said.....Read moredef


RCSS Chairman says ‘no dam’ if it impacts civilians

Lt-Gen Yawd Serk, the head of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), one of Burma’s strongest ethnic armed groups, told media on February 7 that he was opposed to any hydropower projects if they would have a notable impact on the local people.It is not wrong that any river that flows through Shan State should be used to benefit the local people,” he said, speaking at 70th anniversary celebrations for Shan State National....Read more


Environmental groups voice opposition to IFC dam workshops

Leading Burmese environmental groups, including Burma Rivers Network (BRN) and Save the Salween Network (SSN), today released a statement, voicing strong opposition to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which they say is currently promoting various hydropower projects in areas that are primarily conflict zones.

“BRN and SSN oppose any attempts to push ahead with large dams while conflict continues along Burma’s major rivers, where Burma Army offensives and systematic abuses have displaced hundreds of thousands,.....Read more

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Land Grabbing in Mingaladon.

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