Toungoo Incident Report: Threats and arbitrary demands by Burma/Myanmar Police in Thandaunggyi Township, March 2015

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Toungoo Incident Report: Threats and arbitrary demands by Burma/Myanmar Police in Thandaunggyi Township, March 2015

Published date:
Monday, February 22, 2016

This Incident Report describes the threats and arbitrary demands of U Myint Lwin, Thandaunggyi Chief of Police, and Thandaunggyi Hospital health workers’ violation of the right to health care of the villager Saw E--- from M--- Village, Thandaunggyi Township, Toungoo District.

  • On March 9th 2015, Saw E--- accidently shot himself with his own musket and was sent to Thandaunggyi Hospital, but the health workers there refused to take care of him, as his wound was caused by a gun.
  • Saw E--- was then sent to Toungoo Hospital and when he came back from the hospital, U Myint Lwin, Thandaunggyi Chief of Police, threatened his father with filing a police report on the matter seeing as the wound was caused by a gun. He arbitrarily demanded 200,000 kyat (US $154.7) from the family in order not to file a police report.  

Footnotes

[1] KHRG trains community members in southeast Burma/Myanmar 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 southeastern 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] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 28th of January 2016 official market rate of 1,292.47 kyat to the US $1.

[4] KHRG has not been able to clarify what the community member means by “section 399”. It likely refers to section 399 of the Myanmar Penal Code which refers to “making preparation to commit dacoity”. Dacoity is a term used in India and Burma/Myanmar for armed robbery.