Complaint letter to KNU Agriculture Department in Paingkyon Township regarding land confiscation

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Published date:
Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Complaint Letter below was sent to Saw Naw Dee, head of the Agriculture and Land Directorate, from the Karen National Union (KNU) Agriculture Department, Paingkyon Township. It was written by U B--- who is the representative of the land owners whose lands have been confiscated. The villagers’ uncultivated lands were confiscated by Cantonment Area Supervisor U Kyaw Hein from Border Guard Force (BGF) Battalion #1015 who then sold them. In the letter below, the villagers whose lands have been confiscated request that the KNU Agriculture Department in Paingkyon Township take action and help them reclaim ownership of their lands.

Complaint Letter | Paingkyon Township, Hpa-an District (May 2015)[1]

To:

Saw Naw Dee (KNU Agriculture Department, Paingkyon Township)

Head of the Agriculture and Land Directorate

Paingkyon Township, Kayin State

Subject: Reporting and requesting help to get back the residential compound and lands confiscated in A--- village, Paingkyon Township, Kayin State.

Regarding the above subject, the uncultivated lands, whose owners [reside] in A--- village,[2] Paingkyon Township, Kayin State, were confiscated by Border Guard Force (BGF)[3] Battalion #1015.[4] Cantonment Area Supervisor U Kyaw Hein divided the lands into plots and sold them. This case was not reported to any organisation. Therefore, I appeal and report to you, gentleman, to help us and take action in order for the villagers to get back their lands which have been confiscated. I am also attaching the list of the names of the land owners whose lands have been confiscated.

List of the names of the land owners whose lands have been confiscated (May 1st 2015)

No.

Name

Father’s name

Village

Original ownership name

Buy/

inheritance

In Use/Not in use

Signature

Note

1.

U C---

U D---

E---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U C---

 

2.

U F---

U G---

E---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

 

 

3.

U H---

U I---

J---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U H---

 

4.

U B---

U L---

E---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U B---

 

5.

U M---

U N---

Ae---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U M---

 

6.

U O---

U N---

E---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U O---

 

7.

U P---

U Q---

E---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U P---

 

8.

U R---

U S---

J---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U R---

 

9.

U T---

U U---

J---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U T---

 

10.

U V---

U W---

J---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

 

 

11.

U X---

U Y---

J---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

 

 

12.

Daw Z---

U K---

J---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

Daw Z---

 

13.

Daw Aa---

U Ab---

J---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

 

 

14

U Ac---

U Ad---

E---

Grandparent

Inheritance

Not in use

U Ac---

 

U B---, E--- village

Land owner (representative)

Copy

- Commander in Chief (KNU/KNLA Headquarters)

- Saw Naw Dee (KNU Agriculture Department, Paingkyon Township),

  Head of the Agriculture and Land Directorate, Paingkyon Township, Kayin State

- Received

Footnotes

[1] This Complaint Letter was submitted to KHRG in June 2015 and is presented here, translated into English exactly as originally written, save for minor edits for clarity and security. It was received along with one situation update and 179 photographs.

[2] The confiscated lands are located in A--- village, however, the owners reside in other villages listed below.

[3] Border Guard Force (BGF) battalions of the Tatmadaw were established in 2010, and they are composed mostly of soldiers from former non-state armed groups, such as older constellations of the DKBA, which have formalised ceasefire agreements with the Burma/Myanmar government and agreed to transform into battalions within the Tatmadaw. BGF battalions are assigned four digit battalion numbers, whereas regular Tatmadaw infantry battalions are assigned two digit battalion numbers and light infantry battalions are identified by two or three-digit battalion numbers.  For more information, see “DKBA officially becomes Border Guard Force” Democratic Voice of Burma, August 2010, and, “Exploitation and recruitment under the DKBA in Pa’an District,” KHRG, June 2009.

[4] KHRG has received numerous reports of human rights violations involving BGF Battalion #1015, including arbitrary killing of civilians, arbitrary taxation and demands, forced labour, as well as additional cases of land confiscation. For detailed information see, “Human rights violations by BGF Cantonment Area Commander Kya Aye in Paingkyon Township, Hpa-an District, February 2013 to July 2014,” KHRG, September 2014.