Ethnic literature & cultural development organizations held a workshop reviewing the Vacant, Fallow & Virgin Land Management Law (VFVL) in Lashio of Shan State (Northern Shan). Together with Kachin, Ta-ang & Shan Literature & Culture Development Organizations, 62 participants representing 25 organizations participated in this workshop happened during March 5, 2019. A statement come out from that workshop demanding to cancel the VFVL, to recognize customary tenure practices and to ensure the land restitution for displaced persons by armed conflicts.
Shan State Ethnic Youth Federation Leading Committee (SSEYF) released statement on the Vacant, Fallow & Virgin Land Management Law (VFVL) on March 5, 2019. The statement has raised 6 demands;
- To abolish the Vacant, Fallow & Virgin Land Management Law
- To recognize & respect ethnic customary land management systems & rights
- To draft the law that guarantee management, decision making, ownership & interest of farmers and local peoples
- To ensure the land laws making process is democratic & human rights based
- To remove the charges completely from farmers those are currently facing on trial under VFVL
- To give the lands back to original owners