Hpapun Situation Update: Bu Tho Township, June to November 2014

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Hpapun Situation Update: Bu Tho Township, June to November 2014

Published date:
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District between June and November 2014, including land confiscation, militarisation, landmines, and provides an update on education.

  • The Burma/Myanmar government’s land utilisation officers cooperated with Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) #434 in the confiscation of land, including villages’ farms, on August 17th 2014. 
  • Between September and October 2014, the Burma/Myanmar government took over the Kay Doh area in the Ta La A’Aw Hkoh region for the construction of a dam on the Salween River.
  • In November 2014, LIB #341 planned to distribute solar panels to villagers within their area of operation.
  • There was a landmine explosion on November 1st 2014 at Klaw Poh Mee Tatmadaw camp in Hkaw Poo village tract. The shrapnel from the landmine hit the eye of a villager’s buffalo and blinded it.

Footnotes

[1] KHRG trains community members in eastern Burma/Myanmar 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 writing situation updates, community members are encouraged to summarise recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important, and present their opinions or perspective on abuse and other local dynamics in their area.

[2] In order to increase the transparency of KHRG methodology and more directly communicate the experiences and perspectives of villagers in eastern Burma/Myanmar, 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] In Karen, the Burmese phrase Na Ah Pa (SPDC) is commonly used to refer to the Burma/Myanmar government or to Burma/Myanmar’s state army, the Tatmadaw. Many Karen villagers who were accustomed to using the phrase Na Ah Pa (SPDC) continue to use that phrase, despite the official dissolution of the SPDC in March 2011; see: "Mission Accomplished as SPDC ‘dissolved’," Myanmar Times, April 4-10th 2011.

[4] Infantry Battalion (Tatmadaw) comprised of 500 soldiers. However, most Infantry Battalions in the Tatmadaw are under-strength with less than 200 soldiers. Primarily for garrison duty but sometimes used in offensive operations.

[5] Light Infantry Battalion (Tatmadaw) comprised of 500 soldiers. However, most Light Infantry Battalions in the Tatmadaw are under-strength with less than 200 soldiers. Primarily for offensive operations but sometimes used for garrison duties.