Myanmar’s Kachin IDPs seek land justice

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Kachin State farmers harvesting lentils near Mai Ja Yang

Myanmar’s Kachin IDPs seek land justice


MAI JA YANG, 5 December 2013 (IRIN) - Even if a nationwide ceasefire is signed between the Burmese government and armed opposition groups, people displaced by fighting in Myanmar’s Kachin State may face land tenure problems when they return to their homes, say rights groups.
 
“In some areas, army-affiliated economic interests have confiscated the land vacated by IDPs [internally displaced persons], and the rights of the displaced will have to be defended in those cases,” said Matthew Smi...


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