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Research Papers

Hiebert, Murray. "Land Reform: A Critical Test for Myanmar’s Government," Center for Strategic and International Studies (2012).
Summary: "One of the byproducts of the reforms launched in Myanmar over the past 18 months has been a sharp rise in protests against land acquisitions by previous governments and their businessman friends. Parliament’s Reform and Development Monitoring Committee said in June that it had received complaints from thousands of farmers in the Magway region during a fact-finding trip in central Myanmar." [Author]
Leckie, Scott. "Housing, Land and Property Rights in Burma: Towards New Strategies.” Burma Lawyers Council (2009)
Summary: This article outlines the housing, land and property rights issues in Burma and proposes new strategies to address them.


Burma Policy Briefing Nr 11. Access Denied: Land Rights and Ethnic Conflict in Burma. Transnational Institute & Burma Centrum Nederland, 2013.

Purpose: To highlight the occurences of ethnic discrimination in Myanmar, and land mis-exploitation by the government.

Content: "Ethnic minorities make up an estimated 30-40 percent of the total population, and ethnic states occupy some 57 percent of the total land area and are home to poor and often persecuted ethnic minority groups. Most of the people living in these impoverished and war-torn areas are subsistence farmers practicing upland cultivation. While the central government has been systematically exploiting the natural resources of these areas, the money earned has not been (re)invested to benefit the local population." [Author]

Anseeuw, Ward, Wily, Liz Alden Cotula, Lorenzo etal. Land Rights and the Rush for Land- Findings of the Global Commercial Pressures on Land Research Project. International Land Coalition, 2012.

Purpose: To present  the findings of the global Commercial Pressures on Land research project.

Content: "This report synthesises the findings of the global Commercial Pressures on Land research project, coordinated by the Secretariat of the International Land Coalition (ILC). Twenty-eight case studies, thematic studies, and regional overviews resulting from this project have already been published. In addition, this report incorporates the latest data emerging from the ongoing Land Matrix project to monitor large-scale land transactions." [Author]


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