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BURMA/MYANMAR: Over 450 Farmers Victimised by Myanmar Military Land Grabbing

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Woman is seen crying while evicted from their own land for military use. Photo Credit: Win Aung

Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission has learned that 65 farmers in Myanmar (of the Kanbalu Township, Shwebo District, Sagaing Division) are languishing in prison for ploughing their own fields, and over 350 more are headed for the same fate. This miscarriage of justice continues be-cause, in the words of the No. 1 Kanbalu Township judge, the military is telling the courts what judgments to make. The situation came to a head when the military destroyed the fields of the farm-ers during a "training exercise" but then charged the farmers with trespass and destruction of mili-tary agricultural land. This incident illustrates the reality of the land grabbing culture practiced by Myanmar military officers, which has wreaked havoc on the lives and livelihoods of farming commu-nities across Myanmar. Read More...

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