Papun Interview: Saw A---, March 2013


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Papun Interview: Saw A---, March 2013

Published date:
Friday, August 23, 2013

This report contains the full transcript of an interview conducted during March 2013 in Dwe Lo Township, Papun District by a community member trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. The community member interviewed Saw A---, a land owner in G--- village, near where a deadly landmine explosion occurred. Saw A--- described how a landmine killed five workers, including three children, who were transporting sand for the Green Hill Company, which is affiliated with Tatmadaw Border Guard Force (BGF) Battalions #1013 and #1014. More information relating to this incident, including details from a different interview about company compensation for the families of the deceased villagers, can be found in "Violent abuse and forced labour in Bu Tho Township, November and December 2012," KHRG, July 2013.


[1] KHRG trains community members in eastern Burma to document individual human rights abuses using a standardised reporting format; conduct interviews with other villagers; and write general updates on the situation in areas with which they are familiar. When conducting interviews, community members are trained to use loose question guidelines, but also to encourage interviewees to speak freely about recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important and share their opinions or perspectives on abuse and other local dynamics.

[2] In order to increase the transparency of KHRG methodology and more directly communicate the experiences and perspectives of villagers in eastern Burma, KHRG aims to make all field information received available on the KHRG website once it has been processed and translated, subject only to security considerations. As companion to this, a redesigned website will be released in 2013. In the meantime, KHRG's most recently-published field information from Papun District can be found in the report, "Violent abuse and forced labour in Bu Tho Township, November and December 2012," KHRG, July 2013.

[3] Although the villager does not specify in this interview, it is likely from corroborating information received by KHRG that he means the Tatmadaw BGF and KNLA. Manager Ko Myo secured permission from the BGF for the Green Hill Company, which is affiliated with BGF Battalions #1013 and #1014, to collect sand. According to an unpublished incident report written by a community member from Papun District, Ko Myo did not, however, receive permission from area KNU/KNLA representatives to undertake these efforts.

[4] As of July 11th 2013, all conversion estimates for the Kyat in this report are based on the official market rate of 978 kyat to the US $1.

[5] A furlong is a unit of distance equivalent to 0.125 of a mile or 0.2 of a km.