UN ex­pert ex­presses grave con­cern over land law

grave con­cerns over land law

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

AUN ex­pert has ex­pressed grave con­cerns about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a new land law in Myan­mar, af­fect­ing a third of the coun­try, and the dis­as­trous im­pli­ca­tions for tra­di­tional farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties in eth­nic mi­nor­ity re­gions, Ekkle­sia re­ported.

Yanghee Lee, the UN Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on the sit­u­a­tion of hu­man rights in Myan­mar said the amended Va­cant, Fal­low and Vir­gin Lands Man­age­ment Law fails to recog­nise shared land own­er­ship prac­tices, such as cus­tom­ary ten­ure, and land be­long­ing to in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple and refugees of con­flict that has been left unat­tended.

The law, which came into ef­fect on 11 March 2019, re­quires any­one oc­cu­py­ing or us­ing “va­cant, fal­low, or vir­gin” land to ap­ply for a per­mit to use the land for 30 years or face evic­tion and up to two years in jail. She called on the Govern­ment to im­me­di­ately sus­pend and re­view the law.

Photo: EPA

Land own­er­ship is ten­u­ous in many parts of Myan­mar.

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