Displacement Monitoring: Regular updates on protection concerns for villagers in Dooplaya District and Tak Province

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Published date:
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Civilians in Dooplaya District continue to be impacted by conflict between the Tatmadaw and armed Karen groups, who have increased fighting since November 7th 2010. The situation remains highly unstable and civilians report a variety of human rights and security concerns related to ongoing conflict and conflict-related abuse. In order to provide as current information as possible on the fighting and related protection concerns, KHRG has developed this page as a 'Displacement Monitoring' section of the KHRG website. Immediate situation updates, news bulletins, field reports, maps and photo galleries regarding the situation for civilians in Dooplaya are accessible through links in the table at the bottom of this page.

Background

Civilians in Dooplaya District continue to be impacted by increased conflict since November 7th 2010, involving Burma's state army, the Tatmadaw, and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), as well as other armed Karen groups. Since larger battles occurred in Myawaddy and Three Pagodas Pass towns on November 8th and 9th, the conflict has been characterised by frequent skirmishes, shelling and guerrilla style attacks throughout areas opposite Tak and Kanchanaburi provinces, Thailand.

Civilians living in areas affected by fighting, including villages in which fighting is expected but has yet to occur, have described a range of physical security and livelihoods threats including: death, injury, or destruction of property as a result of skirmishes between armed groups and functionally indiscriminate use of weapons by soldiers in civilian areas; looting of property by soldiers or other villagers; arrest, detention or execution by soldiers that suspect civilians of supporting an adverse party to the conflict; sexual violence; arrest and forced portering; movement restrictions impeding livelihoods activities and villagers' ability to escape fighting; and the fear that prolonged fighting and associated abuses will disrupt the harvesting of corn and bean crops into which many villagers in the area have invested significant labour and financial resources.

Most of these threats are markedly different from the human rights and security concerns associated with the low-intensity conflict that communities in eastern Dooplaya have confronted over the past decade. Villagers have told KHRG that they do not feel safe amid the unstable and increasingly dangerous military context created by the upheaval of military relationships and the re-emergence of open conflict; many have opted to flee with their families temporarily to more secure locations from which they can monitor the security situation and check on their homes, property and crops. Villagers attempting to access such temporary refuge in Thailand, however, have faced a number of obstacles that have caused incoming refugees to hide in dispersed, discreet locations or else cross back and forth between temporary sites established just across the border in Burma whenever fighting occurs. Several sources, including within the DKBA, have told KHRG that they expect the fighting to continue, which suggests that the protection threats to villagers in eastern Dooplaya will remain urgent.

Ongoing monitoring by KHRG

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Type

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Location(s)

Uploaded Date

45
Thai Army sends 65 villagers back to Burma from temporary site at Mu Yoo Hta on Christmas Day
Photo update
Displacement; obstacles to refuge; forced portering
Mu Yoo Hta, Mae Sariang District
January 7th 2011
44
Palu villagers hiding in Thailand respond to interruptions in schooling
Photo update
Displacement;
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
January 6th 2011
43
Tatmadaw officers urge villagers seeking refuge in Thailand to return to Palu village as 400 additional Tatmadaw troops deployed to the area
Update
Displacement;
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
January 6th 2011
42
Arbitrary arrest, detention and confiscation of property in the Waw Lay village area
Update
Arrest/detention;
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik Township
January 6th 2011
41
Palu villagers celebrate Christmas in H--- village due to ongoing conflict and human rights concerns
Photo update
Fighting; displacement
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
January 1st 2011
40
KHRG Photos document examples of damage to property caused by shelling in Waw Lay village
Photo update
Fighting; displacement; livelihoods; landmines/unexploded ordnances; threats against civilians
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik Township
January 1st 2011
39
Body of unidentified naked woman found near Waw Lay village
Photo update
sexual violence; civilian deaths
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik Township
January 1st 2011
38
KHRG photos document strategic displacement of villagers during Palu's harvest season
Photo update
Fighting; displacement
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
January 1st 2011
37
More shelling in Palu as villagers make plans to hold Christmas celebrations elsewhere
Photo update
Fighting; displacement
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
December 31st 2010
36
Arbitrary arrest in Waw Lay village and execution in Meh K'Ner village
Update
arbitrary arrest/detention; execution
Waw Lay; Meh K'Ner villages, Kawkareik Township
December 23rd 2010
35
Long-term consequences for villagers' livelihoods as conflict and displacement in the Palu area continue
Interview transcript
Fighting; shelling; displacement; livelihoods; forced portering
Palu Poe village, Kawkareik Township
December 22nd 2010
34
Fighting, displacement and human rights concerns in Pa'an District
Interview transcript
Fighting; shelling; displacement; land mines
Hlaing Bweh Township, Pa'an District
December 22nd 2010
33
Shelling and fears of portering prolong displacement, disrupt the harvest in Palu village
Update
Fighting; shelling; displacement; livelihoods; forced portering
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
December 20th 2010
32
Night time shelling and displacement in Maw Poe Gkloh village
Update
Fighting; shelling; displacement
Maw Poe Gkloh, Kawkareik Township
December 20th 2010
31
Shelling in Palu continues to displace villagers
Update
Fighting; displacement; shelling
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
December 19th 2010
30
Updated map of affected areas of Dooplaya district
Map
 
Dooplaya district
December 17th 2010
29
Forced portering in Min Let Bpaing village
Update
Forced portering
Min Let Bpaing village, Kawkareik Township
December 17th 2010
28
Shelling in Palu displaces villagers, disrupts agriculture
Update
Fighting; displacement; shelling; livelihoods
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
December 17th 2010
27
Providing education amidst conflict and displacement in Thay Baw Boh
interview transcript
Fighting; displacement; school closures
Thay Baw Boh village, Kawkareik Township
December 17th 2010
26
Villagers at risk from landmines, shelling and portering in Gk'Neh Lay village
Update
Fighting; shelling; displacement; forced portering; landmines/unexploded ordnance
Gk'Neh Lay village, Kawkareik Township
December 16th 2010
25
Threats and displacement continue to disrupt the harvest in Waw Lay
Update
Fighting; displacement; livelihoods
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik Township
December 16th 2010
24
More fighting reported in Waw Lay area
Update
Fighting; displacement; shelling; livelihoods
Waw Lay; Mae Klaw Kee; Htee Ther Leh villages, Kawkareik Township
December 14th 2010
23
Fighting and displacement in the Waw Lay and Palu areas
Update
Fighting; displacement; shelling; livelihoods
Palu; Waw Lay; Oo Kreh Htah; Oo Hoo Htah; Kyo G'Lee villages, Kawkareik Township
December 14th 2010
22
School closure in Thay Baw Boh continues
Update
Displacement; school closures
Thay Baw Boh village, Kawkareik Township
December 13th 2010
21
Fears of portering prolong displacement, disrupt harvest in Palu village
Update
Displacement; forced portering; livelihoods
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
December 10th 2010
20
Repeated flight and obstacles to refuge in Waw Lay village
Update
Fighting; displacement; obstacles to refuge
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik Township
December 9th 2010
19
Repeated flight and obstacles to refuge in Palu village
Update and interviews
Fighting; displacement; obstacles to refuge; livelihoods; forced portering
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
December 9th 2010
18
Tatmadaw soldiers obstruct returning refugees
Update
Fighting; displacement; obstacles to refuge
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik Township
December 9th 2010
17
Night time shelling and displacement in Waw Lay
Update
Shelling; displacement
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik Township
December 9th 2010
16
School Closures in Thay Baw Boh village
Update
Displacement; school closure
Thay Baw Boh village, Kawkareik Township
December 8th 2010
15
Shelling reported in Kyaw Keh village
Update
Fighting; displacement
Kyaw Keh and Palu villages, Kawkareik Township
December 8th 2010
14
Daily forced labour in G'Neh Lay
Update
Forced labour; displacement
Gk'Neh Lay village, Kawkareik township
December 6th 2010
13
Fighting and threats in Waw Lay
Update
Fighting; displacement; threats against civilians
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik township
December 6th 2010
12
House burning in Waw Lay
Update
Fighting
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik township
December 6th 2010
11
Portering and landmine concerns in Waw Lay
Update
Forced portering; landmines/unexploded ordnance
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik township
December 5th 2010
10
Early morning displacement in Palu
Update
Fighting; displacement
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik township
December 4th 2010
9
Villagers flee to avoid fighting and portering: Conflict continues to impact civilians in Dooplaya District
News bulletin
Fighting; displacement; obstacles to refuge; forced portering;
Palu; Mae Gk'La Kee; T'Naw Hta; Maw Gk'Noe Kee; Kyo G'lee; Kwee Ta'Ho; G'Neh Thay Hta; and Bpaw Baw Hta villages, Kawkareik township
December 4th 2010
8
Night time displacement in Waw Lay
Update
Fighting; displacement
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik township
December 3rd 2010
7
More arrests and movement restrictions: Conflict continues to impact civilians in Dooplaya District
News bulletin
Fighting; displacement; obstacles to refuge; movement restrictions; arrest/detention
Palu; Waw Lay; Kyo G'Lee villages, Kawkareik township
Nov 30th 2010
6
Threats to human rights, obstacles to protection: Conditions for civilians seeking refuge in Phop Phra District, Thailand
Field report; interview transcripts
Fighting; displacement; obstacles to refuge; livelihoods
Myawaddy Town; Palu and Waw Lay villages, Kawkareik township.
Nov 30th 2010
5
Villager injured, community flees: Conflict continues to impact civilians in Dooplaya District
News bulletin
Fighting; displacement; obstacles to refuge; civilian injuries
Palu village, Kawkareik Township
November 28th 2010
4
Arrest, looting and flight: Conflict continues to impact civilians in Dooplaya District
News bulletin
Fighting; displacement; obstacles to refuge; forced labour; looting; movement restrictions; arrest/detention
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik Township
November 25th 2010
3
School closures and movement restrictions: conflict continues to impact civilians in Dooplaya District
News bulletin
Fighting; movement restrictions; livelihoods
Myawaddy Town; Waw Lay village, Kakareik Township
November 19th 2010
2
Protection concerns expressed by civilians amidst conflict in Dooplaya and Pa'an districts
Field report; interview transcripts
Fighting; displacement; civilian injuries; civilian deaths; looting; arrest/detention; sexual violence; livelihoods; forced portering; livelihoods
Myawaddy Town; T'Ka Kee; Noh T'Gkaw; Waw Lay villages, Kawkareik township; Three Pagodas Pass Town, Kya In township
November 17th 2010
1
Civilians at risk from continued SPDC-DKBA conflict in Dooplaya District
News bulletin
Fighting; displacement; injury to civilian; obstacles to refuge
Waw Lay village, Kawkareik township
November 14th 2010