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The Meaning of Land in Myanmar: a primer by Transnational Institute

Author: Transnational Institute, Published on: 1 February 2016

…Today many inhabitants of rural communities in Myanmar live under threat of losing their lands in a battle for resources spurred by ethnic conflict, exploitative land laws, and powerful economic actors. The existence of a legal right to the land does not translate into that right being respected in practice, and people across the country are now working to protect their right to the land. [This primer covers the following topics:] 1. What is land and why is it important? 2. Why is land such a burning issue in Myanmar? 3. How is land related to debates about development? 4. Is there a human right to land? 5. What steps are people in Myanmar taking to express and assert their human right to land?...

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