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Act now on land reform

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When the Yingluck administration took the reins of power last year, the premier made several promises to the farmers' movement. Had they been kept, the country's first female prime minister would have been immortalised by her land reform projects when her gregarious brother was long forgotten. 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's promises included the setting up of a Land Bank to acquire land for landless farmers; the amendment of five draconian forest laws to being them into line with the constitution which endorses villagers' community rights to co-manage forests and other local natural resources; more support for community land ownership to prevent farmland from being bought up by speculators; and the setting up of a justice fund to help villagers who have been prosecuted by unconstitutional forest laws.

That's not all. Ms Yingluck also promised to bridge land ownership inequity through a progressive land tax which is long overdue.

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