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Land rights in burma in pictures

The Guardian

Friday 16 January 2015 

Since the passing of the Farmland Law in 2012, farmers have been seeking restitution of land seized under the military junta. The government has drafted a land-use policy, to be finalised this year, but many fear the registration process will create legal disputes, dispossess women and leave thousands of farmers with insecure rights

Land use in Burma is complex and important: more than 65% of the country’s workforce is in agriculture. But land laws are outdated and often contradictory. Throughout the decades of dictatorship, land grabbing by the military was commonplace. The government recently drafted a national land use policy, which will be finalised early in 2015. However, there are fears it will fail to address historic land grabbing by the ruling elite, that it threatens to dispossess women, and that it will leave thousands of farmers with insecure rights to their land