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Military to Return Some Confiscated Land Soon: MP

8 July 2013

An Upper House lawmaker says that a parliamentary committee that has investigated land-grabbing by Burma’s military will help return some of this confiscated land to affected farmers this month, the Myanmar Times reports. Minister for Defense Lt-Gen Wai Lwin has informed the Lower House committee that the military would give back the lands in July, according to MP Hla Swe. “The army will give back all farmland confiscated, except that on which buildings have been constructed or are under construction,” he said. The committee released a report in March that investigated 565 complaints of land-grabbing by the military in past decades, which had resulted in the loss of 247,077 acres (about 100,000 hectares) of farmland.