Myanmar

Rebel ceasefire fuels Myanmar land grabs: report

Villagers have been forced from land with little or no compensation, harassed and extorted by both sides as land is parcelled off to domestic and foreign firms including from China and Thailand

Policeman killed, 42 injured in Myanmar land grab clash

A policeman died and 42 people were injured in Myanmar on Wednesday during a protest by farmers over what they said was a land grab by a private company, a growing source of tension as people assert their rights after the end of military rule.

Myanmar’s golden opportunity

With 6 million hectares earmarked for agricultural commercialization, notably rubber plantations, millions of Burmese have been or stand to be dispossessed of land.

Myanmar details new foreign investment law

Investment law allows overseas firms to fully own ventures and to lease land from the government or from authorised private owners for up to 50 years, with options for two extensions of 10 years each time.

Report urges govt to address land grabbing issue

Current rush of foreign investment into Burma’s agricultural and natural resource sectors, combined with what the report calls an “almost universal tenure insecurity in both rural and urban areas,” will increase landlessness