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Why is the resolution rate of confiscated land slowing down in the last few years? (Burmese)

Tim Millar, Sung Chin Par,

The government of Myanmar, under two separate administrations, has been working to resolve land grabs since 2012. Namati, partners, and community paralegals they deploy have been working on land grab cases since 2013. Paralegals collect granular data on every case they support and Namati collects, stores, and analyses this data. This data shows that the…

Gendered Aspects of Land Rights in Myanmar II: Evidence from Paralegal Case Work (Myanmar language)


Land reform in Myanmar is integral to ensuring the nation’s development is both sustainable and inclusive. The recent and complex history of land confiscation, acquisitions, and conflict has permeated every aspect of life for many smallholder farmers, leaving them to rebuild and reclaim their livelihoods. While progress has been made to empower smallholder farmers under…

Guide to Organizing and Working with Community-based Paralegals [Myanmar language version]

Namati, MyJustice,

  Note: a screenshot of the guide’s introductory section in Myanmar/Burmese follows below.   This manual is intended to be a practical learning aid and helpful reference guide for community-based paralegals and organizations running community-based paralegal programs. It should be helpful to paralegal program management staff that supervise and support paralegal services, as well as…

How to Register Vacant, Fallow, and Virgin Land (Burmese)

Namati Myanmar, Green Peasant Institute, Civil and Political Rights Campaign Group, My Justice Program,

In September 2018, the Myanmar government passed an amendment to the 2012 Vacant, Fallow, and Virgin Land (VFV) law that stipulated that all smallholder farmers currently using VFV land must submit an application for the right to use the land by March 3, 2019. Anyone who fails to do so may be evicted. This manual…

Most Farmers Do Not Know about the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law as the Grace Period to Register Closes (Burmese)

Nwe Ni Soe, Sung Chin Par,

This report is written in Burmese. Find an English verison, here.  On September 11, 2018 parliament passed an amendment to the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin (VFV) Land Management Law. This law has been criticized by many groups ranging from civil society groups to mining companies. The primary concern is that it will cause further insecurity…

How to Solve a Land Grab (Burmese)


This publication guides paralegals and those affected by land grabs through solving their cases. It includes useful laws, regulations, institutions, and methodologies drawn from the practical experiences of handling these cases. This document is written in Burmese.

Myanmar National Paralegal Network: A report on its inception and launch (Myanmar language)

Myanmar National Paralegal Network, Namati,

This report in Myanmar langugae summarizes the building and launch of the Myanmar National Paralegal Network. Each Network Working Group completed their respective section and Namati edited these for clarity and publication. An English version of this report can be found here.

Myanmar’s Foray into Deliberative Democracy: Citizen Participation in Resolving Historical Land Grabs (Burmese)

Ye Yint Htun, Caitlin Pierce,

In May 2016, Myanmar’s Vice President established a Central Land Grab Reinvestigation Committee to accelerate the resolution of land grab cases and ensure that affected civilians do not suffer further. These committees are replicated at each administrative level and similar to their precursor mechanisms, but with one unique and important difference – they include “farmer’s…

Evidence is not enough to secure land rights in Myanmar [Burmese]

Nyi Nyi Htwe, Caitlin Pierce,

Using case data, this policy brief examines the role of land documentation in farmers’ efforts to secure their land rights in Myanmar. Overall we find that documentation does not seem to influence the outcome of resolving a dispute, but that the system discriminates in processing the claims of those without documentation. The majority of farmers…

Policy Brief: Streamlining Institutions to Restore Land and Justice to Farmers in Myanmar [Burmese Version]


Over 400,000 acres of land in Myanmar, that was taken by the military, government, and private companies between the 1980s and early 2000s, has reportedly been released since 2013. However, this does not mean that the land has been returned to the farmers whose livelihoods were displaced by these land acquisitions. Namati offers this brief…

Using music to legally empower farmers in Myanmar – Daw Dae Na’s Story

Posted by MyJustice in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

For eighteen years, U Sai Kham, a farmer in Tachileik, Eastern-Shan State, Myanmar watched as military families exploited the ancestral land that the military had illegally seized from his family. The land grab denied his family access to their sole source of income and food. The military had initially seized the land under the auspices…

Streamlining Institutions to Restore Land and Justice to Farmers in Myanmar

Posted by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

A new policy brief has been released emphasizing the need for the Myanmar government to put in place simple, transparent mechanisms to ensure that land and justice is restored to farmers who were dispossessed of their livelihoods without due process or compensation.  According to the Parliamentary Land Investigation Committee, more than 500,000 acres of land in Myanmar…