When Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) stormed to power in elections last November, its victory was fueled in part by rural anger over land seizures and the party’s pledge to provide redress.
International Federation for Human Rights says Southeast Asia is facing increasing conflicts and violence over land grab activity. A “land grab” relates to taking land quickly, forcefully and often illegally.
Villagers say they were not consulted about plans to turn their land into grazing grounds and believe it was a ploy by officials who planned to profit from renting out 300 acres to a Chinese company for a banana plantation.
A 2015 report said Kachin, Myanmar's northernmost state bordering China, has the second largest number of land confiscations, fuelled by the outgoing semi-civilian government liberalisation policies that have driven up land prices and attract foreign and domestic investment.