Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: K’Ser Doh Township, August to October 2015

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Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: K’Ser Doh Township, August to October 2015

Published date:
Thursday, May 5, 2016

This Situation Update describes events occurring in K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District from August to October 2015. It includes information and updates on land confiscation, military activity, health, and education.

  • On August 7th 2015, it was reported that the Tatmadaw were planning to set up a military training camp in the Kleh Muh Htee large area on land that had been confiscated from villagers. About 500 acres of land had been confiscated and the affected villagers had not received any compensation at the time this report was written, despite having been promised 50,000 kyat (US $42.78) per acre as compensation.
  • The Tatmadaw had reportedly issued explicit threats to villagers, saying that if they were to go near the military training camp once it became operational, they would be shot. The affected villagers reported feeling unsafe and afraid to return to their lands.
  • It was also reported that villages in the Paw Hkloh large area had been suffering from inadequate access to medical supplies, which had led to deaths among children who suffered from illnesses such as diarrhoea and dengue fever. However, following requests for more medical supplies by a township official, the situation had improved.
  • Furthermore, it was reported that representatives of the Burma/Myanmar government agreed to allow Karen language to be taught in the township office, albeit outside of normal school hours. This followed requests from local Karen teachers to be able to teach Karen language during school hours.

Footnotes

[1] KHRG trains community members in southeast 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 Mergui-Tavoy District, “small areas” are equivalent to village tracts, whereas “large areas” are composed of several village tracts, yet are smaller than a township. There is no equivalent to a “large area” in the other six KNU-demarcated districts.

[3] A standard refers to a school year in the education system of Burma/Myanmar. The basic education system has a 5-4-2 structure. Primary school runs from Standard 1 to Standard 5, lower secondary school is Standards 6-9, and upper secondary school is Standards 10-11.

[4] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the April 25th 2016 official market rate of 1,169 kyat to the US $1.