‘Development without us’: Village Agency and Land Confiscations in Southeast Myanmar

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‘Development without us’: Village Agency and Land Confiscations in Southeast Myanmar

Published date:
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Land confiscations, the acquisition of lands that are already occupied or used by indigenous communities, are on the upswing throughout Myanmar. Current development practices in the country present a series of risks for the human rights of rural communities. In a region where 70% of the local population depends on land for their survival, land confiscations can threaten the livelihoods of entire communities. Because of the predominance of customary land tenure and the prevalence of weak and overlapping land governance systems, rural populations in Myanmar’s ethnic border areas are particularly vulnerable to land confiscations.