Katherine O'Neill

Maungdaw, Myanmar - Farm laborers and livestock in a paddy field. Image: FAO / Hkun La
August 25, 2020
The VFV Law, the Farmland Act, and the LAAR Law are designed to encourage the legal takeover of lands that millions of farmers and Indigenous people rely on for their livelihoods. The three laws are a potent combination which ensure that the practice of land grabbing – widespread in Myanmar under its previous military dictatorship – can continue, now concealed by false promises of 'economic development.'