Farmers refuse to sign over land
Although the Burmese Army promises local farmers compensation for confiscated rubber and fruit trees, the army pays only Kyat 4,000.00 (4 US Dollar) per acre of land.
Last month, before the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur went to Burma, local battalions called a meeting with the landowners who lost their land to discuss compensation, saying they would pay only according to the numbers of trees.
The source reported the BA would pay 250 Kyat per one tree, but now have changed their decision declaring they would pay only Kyat 4,000 per acre of land.
One acre of land normally has about 500 rubber trees and landowners would get about Kyat 125,000 (125 US Dollar), now will get only Kyat 4,000 (4 US Dollar).
The LIB No. 588 confiscated lands from 28 farmers to build residential lines for army families.
3 farmers have consistently refused to sign the agreement while others are forced to sign that they are voluntarily offering their lands. Some landowners are forced by the army to sign promising that they are offering their lands permanently to the army without future consideration.
Land confiscation in the southern part of Burma is a relentless undertaking and has increased substantially under the regime’s ‘self-reliance’ policy that encourages the BA to find own income. Farmers and their families already suffering from years of hardship have no rights and are forced from their land to feed a territorial army; already poor they face a future of starvation and impoverishment.
About 8,000 acres of land in the Mon areas have been confiscated during 1998 to 2002 period.