Across Myanmar local people lack the space to engage with stakeholders to resolve cases of land misappropriation. BadeiDha Moe is working to change this by using land Briefings as a force for peace in Myanmar . Our land briefings bring together local communities and key stakeholders from their areas.
How BadeiDha Moe uses land briefings as a force for peace in Myanmar
BadeiDha Moe has now held three land briefings in Northern Shan State, Southern Shan State and Mon State. At each of the land briefings, communities shared about their experiences to the relevant authorities in their areas and asked for cooperation and assistance to resolve the land conflicts in their areas.
The discussions at the land briefings centered around a series of land confiscations. For Northern Shan State, the following issues were discussed:
- Two incidents of land confiscation by companies;
- Two incidents of land confiscation by the military;
- One incident of land confiscation by the Government Administrative Department
For Mon State the following issues were discussed:
- One incident of land confiscation by military actors;
- One incident of land confiscation by former military officers;
- One incident of land confiscation by police officers;
- Two cases of land confiscation by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation cases for building a dam
With the collaboration of the community and stakeholders, all parties were able to draw up action plans for the resolution of the above land disputes in Mon and Northern Shan State. After drawing up action plans, stakeholders made promises to resolve the issues as quickly as possible. Additionally, the Government Administration Department began to contact and follow-up with some of the participants in order to resolve their cases.
BadeiDha Moe believes that the only way to resolve land issues within Myanmar and moreover the wider armed conflict is through peaceful dialogue and the results of these land briefings is proof that in Myanmar’s context conflict resolution is achievable through dialogue. We hope that these land briefings act as more than just a symbol of multi-stakeholder cooperation but a first step towards resolution of wider conflicts within Myanmar.