Thursday, September 19, 2013

Myanmar expropriates farmers' land, claims government owns all land

PBS Newshour is reporting that the government of Myanmar (Burma) has been expropriating land of farmers for government purposes (like the military) and for building factories with Japanese companies.  The government has been giving two-week eviction notices and not compensating the farmers.

The government of Myanmar has supposedly become less oppressive than it had been, which is why there has been some international development and jobs. 

Farmers in Burma who “inherit” land don’t get title to the land; the government has it. However, under international pressure, the government is reportedly working on some sort of compensation plan now.

Wikipedia attribution link for 1988 uprising image. 

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