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Implementation of burma’s vacant, fallow and virgin land management law: at odds with the nationwide ceasefire agreement and peace negotiations

Land rights of peoples must be protected to improve prospects for peace. The Government of Myanmar’s approach to land policy risks increasing land conflicts and exacerbating current challenges in formal peace negotiations. Civil society organizations strongly oppose implementation of the recently-amended Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law (VFV Land Law), due to well-founded fears […]

Myanmar’s not-so-underground casinos in line for legalization

MYAWADDY, Myanmar — Casinos are banned in Myanmar, but you would not know that by looking at the ones in the country’s border areas. In the eastern town of Myawaddy, across a river from Thailand, the gaming houses light up the night like their counterparts in Macau or Las Vegas, though they are smaller. Little […]

Peace process is the way forward

The government will not back down from the peace process despite the hardships it faces getting all ethnic armed groups to the negotiating table, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday at the second anniversary of the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). “It is the second anniversary of the signing. There […]

Untouched Kabyar Wa beach faces an uncertain future

The salty, humid breeze off the Andaman Sea soughs through the sparse pine trees on the edge of the shore and rolls as far as the clumps of areca palm farms along the ridgeline. The early May sun is high in the cloudless sky, and the waves are placid and slow. Kabyar Wa, arguably one […]