Building a national land network in Myanmar

Doi Ra

This paper explores the trajectory of the national land network called Land in Our Hands (LIOH or Doe Myay), which came into formal existence in 2014. 

In this article, PhD researcher Doi Ra and co-author Khu Khu Ju attempt to lay out a more comprehensive account of the historical legacies and internal and external pressures that have been shaping LIOH as a movement building initiative, and in relation to three key dimensions: its identity politics; its ideology and class base; and its political work.

'Nothing about us, without us’: reflections on the challenges of building Land in Our Hands, a national land network in Myanmar/Burma' is published in a special forum edition of the Journal of Peasant Studies on the Politics of Myanmar's Agrarian Transformation.

About the authors

Doi Ra is currently a PhD researcher at International Institute of Social Studies. She is member of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant awarded project ‘Commodity & Land Rushes and Regimes: Reshaping Five Spheres of Global Social Life (RRUSHES-5)’. 

Khu Khu Ju is a land right activist and an activist researcher. In the past, she has been a spokesperson for the Karen Human Rights Group. She has dedicated her time working with Land in Our Hands, which is a national network for the right to land of small-scale farmers and other rural working people. Currently, Khu Khu Ju is working with Transnational Institute on ethnic conflicts and the rights to land and natural resources program in Myanmar. She has co-authored a report ‘Meaning of Land in Myanmar’ published by the Transnational Institute.

PhD student
Khu Khu Ju