Hso Lyar Ku Thar
In regard of the Impacts of 2012 Land Law (11/5/2020) in ethnic regions, what they can show you up is just the duration (the unclear period) whenever you ask for the witnessed document related to land issue.
(Or) Those lands are ancestral properties passed lineally to generations. However, the 2012 Land Law did not understand it, unrecognized it. Therefore, local farmers are severely suffered from this crisis.
They are being bullied, prosecuted, and threatened. The cases of prosecution upon farmers who hold Land Form-7 are more than (3-4) cases in Kayah State. Almost all of those plaintiffs are capitalists and have closed relationship with government departments. Those problems are the truths which local farmers are experiencing.
Thus, the 2012 Land Law is a toxic for local farmers who have poor understanding on it whereas it would be a weapon for slickers (free riders). It is practical that the 2012 Land Law will never protect and keep local farmers safe.
In 2019, the Tamattaw seized the farmlands of farmers who hold the 2012 Land Use Certificate (Form 7), and they are prosecuting or prisoning the farmers. Therefore, it becomes a question “where are the protection and safety of the 2012 Land Law”.
It is very hard if you find the truth for every land case at court. Please find the truth in community, through history, and the custom and tradition. You will find out the most probable answer.
The 2012 Land Law described about the procedure exactly… It already included,.. existed… I assume there would be less mistakes if we follow the procedure accordingly.
If we misuse the procedure more than limited, it becomes corruption. The action should be taken seriously and effectively… The Land Surveyor General also should observe the condition of local territories.
It is so annoyed if they work or give the document only to their familiar persons, but not to the ordinary people.
We often hear about the conflicts and tensions between the capitalists and local farmers or the disputes among farmers because of the offer of land use certificate which the offer is not compatible with the procedure of 2012 Land Law.
The dispute remains that locals testify those lands are their ancestral property and they are working in accordance with their traditions on it for living. On the other hands, the capitalists testify back that they already have the Form-7 under 2012 Land Law.
By seeing it, the question raised here whether or not the offer of Form-7 was done in accordance with the procedure of 2012 Land Law. Indeed, it cannot be denied that either the 2012 Land Law or the Vacant Land Management Law has no safety and guarantee for the farmlands in ethnic regions.
Therefore, can it be achieved the 2012 Land Law by using the farmlands in accordance with tradition and unity?
Will the 2012 Land Law diminish our farmland?….. still finding the answer which one is safer…… Nevertheless, the government still do not recognize the traditional practice as a law.