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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Farmers' Lives Threatened: Land and Labor Confiscation in Burma

Saturday, March 01 2008, 12:28 PM EST
As the major source of wealth and power, land has been the focus of successive ruling regimes in Burma. The most significant problems in Burma are those associated with lack of land and property tenure, landlessness, rural poverty, inequality of access to resources, and the SPDC regime’s rule by force rather than law.

Farmers' Lives Threatened:
Land and Labor Confiscation in Burma

Wednesday, March 5 at 8:00 pm
Cover charge for non-members: 300 Baht

As the major source of wealth and power, land has been the focus of successive ruling regimes in Burma. The most significant problems in Burma are those associated with lack of land and property tenure, landlessness, rural poverty, inequality of access to resources, and the SPDC regime’s rule by force rather than law.

The SPDC’s implementation of a large scale, arbitrary land confiscation policy in Burma has broad negative cultural, social, environmental, and economic consequences. A future democratic Burma will need to find ways to resolve the many conflicting claims on land,
property, and housing including the return of great numbers of people displaced from their lands with their houses and property destroyed or confiscated.

The research of the Burma Fund on land issues was based on clandestine surveys in Rangoon, Pegu, and Irrawaddy Divisions and Arakan and Karenni (Kayah) States in 2006-2007.

Speakers include:
- Dr Nancy Hudson-Rodd, honorary research associate, Centre of Social Research, Edith Cowan University. Rodd's expertise is in human rights and international development in Southeast Asia. She was a Senior Lecturer, in the School of International, Cultural and Community Studies and head of the Centre for Development Studies at Edith Cowan University. She has conducted research on and in Burma for the past decade and was the former President of the United Nations Association of Australia WA 2003-4.

- Dr Thaung Htun is the Executive Director of the Burma Fund and representative to the United Nations for the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma and established the Burma UN Service Office in New York to informs the Department of the Political Affairs of the UN Secretariat, UN agencies and missions to the United Nations on the situation of human rights and political development in Burma.He also played a key role in getting the UN Secretary-General's good offices involved in a UN mediated political settlement in Burma. Dr. Thaung Htun has extensively traveled to seek international support for a political settlement in Burma. In 2005, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Burma Fund, Policy Think Tank of the NCGUB.

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