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Workshop on Small-Scale Farmers Land Rights in Burma/Myanmar

A Workshop on Small-Scale Farmers Land Rights in Burma/Myanmar organized by Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) with support of Burma Relief Center (BRC), was held at the Party Political Training School from 27 February to 1 March 2013. There are 40 participants in the 3-day workshop programmes. Farmers from different regions of Burma, activists, representatives from Farmer Desk of 88 Generation Students and party members joined together in discussion on issues related to farmers and their rights, such as land grabbing, land laws and land registration, and right abuses.

On the second day and third day, Mr Jason Lubanski from Northern Development Foundation (NDF) in Thailand made presentation on farmer movements in many different countries, land rights in Thailand, land grabbing cases in Thailand, Cambodia and Brazil, various campaigns of Thai farmer organizations against authorities and business corporations. Besides, he presented case studies of Thai farmer movements and their organizing and networking.

The workshop ended up with future action plans of farmer and activist groups for emergence of organized farmer movements nationwide and policy advocacy.

Party Delegation visited Burma

A ten-member delegation of Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) made a study visit to Burma from 10 December 2012 to 18 January 2013 under an agreement with the Burmese government reached during the process of talks between DPNS and the government’s peace working committee.

While in Burma, the delegation held meetings with President Office Minister U Soe Thein, President Office Minister and Vice-chair of Peace Working Committee U Aung Min, Minister for Immigration and Population U Khin Yi, Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye and its commissioners.  Besides, the party delegation was received by Karen State Government led by Chief Minister U Zaw Min.

(DPNS delegation meeting with Union Election Commission in Nay Pyi Taw on 26 December 2012)

The party delegation visited offices of political parties and civil society organizations in Rangoon and across the country during its 40-day visit in Burma, and met with political leaders including those of National League for Democracy (NLD), ethnic political parties and veteran politicians, 88 generation students, leaders and members of mass organizations including All Burma Federation of Students Union (ABFSU), labour movements and farmer movements, prominent figures such as Dagon Tayar and Daw Khin Swe Oo, and social and political activists in Rangoon, Pegu, Toungoo, Nay Pyi Taw, Pyinmana, Meithtilar, Mandalay, Siggaing, Monywar, Hsarlingyi, Pakkhukkhu, Nyaung-oo, Magwe, Prome, Shwe Daung, Thae Gone, Paung-te, Nattalin, Zeegone, Thone-hse, Myaung Mya, Bassein and Mawlamyein.

A meeting of members of party organizing committees, party members and supporters from all over the country was organized in Rangoon on 14 January 2013 and reached an agreement on the 8-point programme for re-organizing and strengthening the DPNS.

(DPNS delegation with leaders of 88 Generation Students in Rangoon on 13 December 2012)

(DPNS delegation with Prominent Poets in Rangoon on 18 December 2012)

(DPNS delegation meeting with political activists and local people in Toungoo on 24 December 2012)

(DPNS delegation meeting with farmers in area of Letpadaung Copper Mine Project on 2 January 2013)

(DPNS delegation meeting with farmers in Thae Gone on 6 January 2013)

(DPNS delegation meeting with political activists in Prome on 7 January 2013)

(DPNS delegation meeting with farmers in Prome on 7 January 2013)

(DPNS delegation visiting a community education center in Paung-te on 8 January 2013)

(DPNS delegation meeting with political activists in Paung-te on 8 January 2013)

(A meeting of DPNS organizing committees and party members held in Rangoon on 14 January 2013)

(DPNS delegation meeting with the press in Rangoon on 15 January 2013)