On September 11, 2018 parliament passed an amendment to the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin (VFV) Land Management Law. This law has been criticized by many groups ranging from civil society groups to mining companies. The primary concern is that it will cause further insecurity for farmers and ethnic communities. Most of the lands classified as VFV are in ethnic rural areas and up to 10 million people live or rely on this land for their livelihood.
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