Toungoo Incident Report: Villagers request improved communication between KNU and local community, Htantabin Township, September 2012

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Toungoo Incident Report: Villagers request improved communication between KNU and local community, Htantabin Township, September 2012

Published date:
Thursday, May 22, 2014

This Incident Report describes the KNU’s demands for taxes on traders at checkpoints, movement restrictions on villagers in September 2012 and villagers’ concerns about the dam construction in Htantabin Township. Villagers in the Kaw Thay Der and Kler La areas of Htantabin Township, Toungoo District described an increase in the levying of taxes by the KNU, as well as an increased number of KNU checkpoints that have restricted villagers’ ability to move freely. Villagers in these areas also reported a lack of information and understanding on the current status of the Toh Boh Dam project, which previously led to the displacement of 100 households in the area.[1] In response to these problems, villagers recommended the election of leaders who are accountable to the local community. This Incident Report was initially published in May 2014 in the Appendix of KHRG’s in-depth report, Truce or Transition? Trends in human rights abuse and local response in Southeast Myanmar since the 2012 ceasefire.

Footnotes

[1] See “Photo Set: More than 100 households displaced from Toh Boh Dam construction site in Toungoo,” KHRG, August 2012.

[2] KHRG Incident Reports are written or gathered by a community member in Toungoo District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. KHRG trains community members in eastern Burma to document individual incidents of abuse 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 writing incident reports, community members are encouraged to document incidents of abuse that they consider to be important, by verifying information from multiple sources, assessing for potential biases and comparing to local trends.

[3] 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.

[4] On January 12th 2012, a preliminary ceasefire agreement was signed between the KNU and Burma government in Hpa-an, the capital of Kayin State. The exact terms for a long-term peace plan are still under negotiation. For updates on the peace process, see the KNU Stakeholder webpage on the Myanmar Peace Monitor website. For KHRG's analysis of changes in human rights conditions since the ceasefire, see Truce or Transition? Trends in human rights abuse and local response in Southeast Myanmar since the 2012 ceasefire, KHRG, May 2014.