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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 […]

UN Forced Out of Billionaire Kuok’s Yangon Hotel: Southeast Asia

The United Nations is being forced out of billionaire Robert Kuok’s Traders Hotel in Yangon next month amid a tourism boom in Myanmar after housing various offices in five floors of the property since 2007. The UN signed its last lease for the hotel owned by Kuok’s Shangri-La Asia Ltd. (69) in August 2012 for […]