Situation Update | Kawkareik, Kyainseikgyi and Kyonedoe townships, Dooplaya District (May to October 2014)
The following Situation Update was received by KHRG in November 2014. It was written by a community member in Dooplaya District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor local human rights conditions. It is presented below translated exactly as originally written, save for minor edits for clarity and security.This report was received along with other information from Dooplaya District, including 44 photographs.
The activities of the Burma military [Tatmadaw], Burma government, KHRG [Karen Human Rights Group], KNU [Karen National Union] and villagers in Kaw T’Ree [Kawkareik] Township, Kruh Tu [Kyonedoe] Township and Noh T’Kaw [Kyainseikgyi] Township are described below.
On May 7th 2014, [Tatmadaw] Infantry Battalion [IB] #32 destroyed and confiscated villagers’ property in Kaw T’Ree [Kawkareik] Township. They: 1) pulled out young betel nut trees, 2) stole and sold lemon fruit and 3) took villagers’ durian fruit and sold it. As villagers saw this, they reported it to the village head and the village head went and reported it to the [IB #32] battalion commander. The [battalion] commander asked [if the village head could] recognize the soldiers and the village head replied [that he] could not recognize [the perpetrators] but that it was definitely [the commander's] soldiers. The commander replied that if you cannot recognize [them] you should not make accusations.
On October 9th 2014, Tatmadaw soldiers [from Light infantry Battalion (LIB) #283] shot at 25-year-old Saw D--- who lives in A--- village, Noh T’Kaw [Kyainseikgyi] Township. Saw D---, [a taxi driver], had driven customers to Kyeh Doh [Kyaikdon] town and was returning to his village. When he arrived in the middle of Pa Yan Taung road he was shot at by Tatmadaw soldiers three times but [they] missed. However, his motorbike was hit and damaged and he had to push his bike to a nearby village.
On October 10th 2014, fighting broke out between the DKBA [Democratic Karen Benevolent Army] and the Tatmadaw in northern B--- village, Kruh Tu [Kyonedoe] Township because of tensions between the DKBA and Tatmadaw. The incident began in Kyaikmayaw, Mon State, then spread through Karen [Kayin] State. This forced villagers to flee from their village, but no individuals were injured or hurt.
On October 12th 2014, Tatmadaw soldiers captured two DKBA soldiers and one villager on Leh Wah Bridge in Kaw T’Ree Town, Kaw T’Ree Township, Dooplaya District. The villager had been asked [forced] by the DKBA to guide them. When the Tatmadaw arrested [the] DKBA [soldiers] they also arrested the villager. Since then, we [the villagers] do not know whether the individual is alive or dead. He [has not] come back home yet. The Tatmadaw were the most active during the months of September and October . They patrol and travel at night but we [the villagers] do not know the reason why they are doing this. Villagers are always questioned when they travel. However, we do not know what [the Burma/Myanmar military’s] purpose is.
Burma government situation
In both Noh T’Kaw [Kyainseikgyi] and Kaw T’Ree [Kawkareik] townships the Burma government constructed a better road for villagers. Sixty-two buildings were constructed in Mae K’Tha village, Noh T’Kaw [Kyainseikgyi] Township by the Burma government. Some villagers who are very poor moved there already.
In our region the KNU tries hard to protect their people [villagers]. In the healthcare department, the KNU tries to provide medicine as much as they can even though their supplies are insufficient. KNU also tries to help and support education as much as they can.
Information related to the military, Burma government, KNU, KHRG, the healthcare situation, and the education situation in Kruh Tu [Kyonedoe] Township, Kaw T’Ree [Kawkareik] Township and Noh T’Kaw [Kyainseikgyi] Township is presented above.