Technical Review of the Draft Myanmar Land Acquisition Act 2017

Technical Review of the Draft Myanmar Land Acquisition Act 2017

This technical review has been prepared by land resettlement safeguards experts (Ruwani Jayewardene and Anandalal Nanayakkara) to inform decision makers and other stakeholders in Myanmar regarding the Draft Land Acquisition Act 2017. This review draws on the lessons from other post British colonial countries in the South and East Asia Region, many of whom have had decades of experience since their first attempts to move away from out-dated colonial era legislation including the 1894 Act which was a common colonial law across former British colonies. This review has been conducted using the unofficial translation of the Land Acquisition Act as translated by the Land Core Group, supplemented with updated translations from Articles 1 to 23 undertaken by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business. Due to the unofficial nature of the translation, it should be noted that this review is by no means definitive, and it is possible that confused wording in the draft law is due to incorrect translation. That said, it is hoped that this review can provide some useful recommendations for the continuing development of the law. The observations contained in this report are derived from the authors’ experiences in land acquisition policy and law formation in the region and elsewhere.

Technical Review of the Draft Myanmar Land Acquisition Act 2017 (ENG)

Technical Review of the Draft Myanmar Land Acquisition Act 2017 (MM)