A Vision for Restitution in Myanmar

José Arraiza and Scott Leckie

Forced Migration Review 57, February 2018, pp. 72-74



The authors advocate for a comprehensive HLP restitution program in Myanmar that establishes a clear and accessible remedy for past and present land grabbing and displacement and that creates a framework for peace between Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs), government and army. Such a program needs to be based on international treaties, recognized by Myanmar, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and other relevant standards, such as the Pinheiro Principles. Standards need to be translated into laws and procedures from government to village level. While initiatives such as the National Land Use Council are welcome, nevertheless more needs to be done to ensure that restitution in Myanmar benefits everyone, including in the most remote areas of the country.