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Land seizures and forced displacements were a major feature of the decades of military rule in Myanmar. Despite some steps towards democracy, many previously grabbed lands have not been returned to families who depend on it for survival.
Community paralegals working with Namati’s partners support smallholder farmers across seven states and regions to navigate complex administrative processes and engage in registration, dispute resolution, and other mechanisms to regain access to their grabbed land, and better protect the land they use.
Advocating for Systemic Change
At the systemic level, we are striving to democratize land governance: to replace a top-down and often repressive regime with one that respects the experience and voice of those who depend directly on the land.
Our Implementing Partners
Than Lwin Thitsar; Green Peasants Institute; and Civil and Political Rights Campaign Group
Stories of Legal Empowerment
From Witness to Problem Solver – U Win Naing Htay’s Journey
U Win Naing Htay was just a boy when the government seized 920 acres of farmland belonging to 100 families in his village. Nearly 40 years later, he became a community paralegal and fought to win that land back.
Using music to legally empower farmers in Myanmar – Daw Dae Na’s Story
Myanmar has a lengthy history of poor farmers being dispossessed of their land, but things are changing. See how the legal empowerment work of civil society organizations such as Than Lwin Thitsar, and community paralegals like Daw Dae Na, is having an impact.
Shifting Power: Female Farmer in Myanmar Secures the Release of Land Grabbed by the Military
Fifty-year-old Daw Nan Shan, a mother, a grandmother, a widow, and a farmer worked with community paralegals to demand her rights and secure the release of land grabbed by the military.