Tatmadaw soldiers pilfer villagers’ livestock in Dooplaya District, May to August 2013

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Tatmadaw soldiers pilfer villagers’ livestock in Dooplaya District, May to August 2013

Published date:
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This News Bulletin describes the stealing and killing of villagers’ livestock between May and August 2013 by Tatmadaw Light Infantry Division (LID) #231 soldiers. LID #231 is based in K--- army camp and led by Zaw Min, the Division Commander in Kawkareik Township, Dooplaya District. The three K--- villagers who had their livestock stolen spoke to a KHRG community member to report the abuse. Saw P--- explained that LID #231 soldiers shot one of his buffalos on May 10th, while Saw H--- described how soldiers stole and ate two of his buffalos on July 20th. Saw H--- mentioned that there have also been many unreported cases where livestock was killed and eaten. The third villager, Saw T---, explained how his friends witnessed LID #231 soldiers kill and eat one of his buffalos. Saw T--- reported the incident to his village head in order to receive some compensation. The K--- village head discussed the incident with Commander Zaw Min, who denied that his soldiers were responsible for the incident but requested that Saw T--- point out the offending soldier, however, Saw T--- was unable to identify the soldier. K---villagers also raised concerns about landmines restricting their ability to travel freely and graze their buffalo.[1]

Footnotes

[1] This News Bulletin was written by KHRG office staff and is based on information from a community member from Dooplaya District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. It summarizes information from three interviews received by KHRG in September 2013. 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. For additional reports categorized by Type, Issue, Location and Year, please see the Related Readings component following each report on KHRG’s redesigned Website.

[2] This information was included in an interview received by KHRG in September 2013 from a KHRG community member from Dooplaya District.

[3] This information was included in an interview received by KHRG in September 2013 from a KHRG community member from Dooplaya District.

[4] This information was included in an interview received by KHRG in September 2013 from a KHRG community member from Dooplaya District.