Hpapun Incident Report: Restriction of movement in Dwe Lo Township, December 2013

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Hpapun Incident Report: Restriction of movement in Dwe Lo Township, December 2013

Published date:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This Incident Report describes the restriction of movement by Tatmadaw Infantry Battalion #5 and Light Infantry Battalion #102 in Dwe Lo Township, Hpapun District in December 2013. Naw S--- and 20 of her friends were stopped at a Tatmadaw military checkpoint on their way to attending a religious concert in another village on December 3rd 2013 at 7:00 pm. Corporal Na Taw ordered them to perform physically demanding and abusive drills for him. When they refused to do so, they were ordered to return home. Naw S--- stated that she does not think there should be any restrictions on freedom of movement during the ceasefire period.

Footnotes

[1] 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.

[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. For additional reports categorised by Type, Issue, Location and Year, please see the Related Readings component following each report on KHRG’s Website.

[3] 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 since the 2012 ceasefire, KHRG, May 2014.