A previous government allocated the land in 2005 to Tata Steel, one of the world’s top steel producers, for the construction of a factory.
Livelihoods come under threat as customary land rights have been denied and a developer claims ownership of much of Pulau Pari Island.
The Land Allocation scheme allows villagers to live in the forest as long as they care for it, but does not grant them full ownership rights, putting them at risk of eviction.
Legal barriers have halted the investigation into some 900 acres of land allegedly acquired illegally by former President U Thein Sein and his cabinet members.
U Kyauk Taung denies allegations of land-grabbing, says appropriation of customary land from farmers is in line with local tradition
A Myanmar court has found 33 farmers living next to a Special Economic Zone guilty of criminal trespass.
Farmers from Cambodia filed a lawsuit against Asia's largest sugar producer, accusing it of rights abuses after it allegedly kicked farmers off their land.
An Indian government agency for indigenous people has asked the forest ministry to ensure that its tiger conservation policy does not threaten the rights of indigenous people.