Land Disputes: Court Decision Curtails Rights of Farmland Users without a Form-7


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A recently published Supreme Court case (Supreme Court decision dated 29 July 2015) delves deep into the rights of farmland users in Myanmar and challenges while securing the Form-7 land user certificates, especially for thousands of smallholder farmers across the country.

Highlights of this note

  • Background
  • What was the lower court’s judgment and why?
  • What did the Supreme Court decide and why?
  • What does the 2012 Farmland Law say about the Form-7 certificate? What are the conditions to apply to get it?
  • Legal Proceeding
  • What is the legal value of farmland right of use without the certificate?
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