Thaton Interview: U A---, 2016


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Thaton Interview: U A---, 2016

Published date:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

This Interview with U A--- describes events occurring in Thaton Township, Thaton District, in early 2016, including ethnic and religious discrimination and Min Lwin Mountain mining.  

  • U A--- describes how Muslim people in B--- village, Pein Nel Taw village tract, Thaton Township, Thaton District have been discriminated against by the Burma/Myanmar government regarding their rights to have an ID card. As they did not have ID cards, Muslim students were rejected from studying at the Burma/Myanmar government college.
  • U A--- also states that many houses around his village would be destroyed and damaged if a company conducts stone mining on Min Lwin Mountain near to B--- village, Pein Nel Taw village tract.


[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 conducting interviews, community members are trained to use loose question guidelines, but also to encourage interviewees to speak freely about recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important and share their opinions or perspectives on abuse and other local dynamics.

[2] In order to increase the transparency of KHRG methodology and more directly communicate the experiences and perspectives of villagers in southeast 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] U is a Burmese title used for elder men, used before their name.

[4] Ka la, is a Burmese/Myanmar term which is sometimes used to refer to individuals in Burma/Myanmar who are perceived to have a darker skin colour. In Kayin state, it is often associated specifically with followers of Islam (Muslims), although this association is sometimes erroneous, and Muslim individuals do not typically self-identify with this term.

[5] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the November 11th 2016 official market rate  of 1305 kyat  to US $1 

[6] KHRG is in the process of following up on the position of this person within the community.

[7] The interviewee is giving an example of being influenced by villagers around him and does not suggest that the researcher actually signed the agreement.

[8] In March 2013 a riot between Muslim and Buddhist ethnic groups in Mate Htee Lar [Meiktila], Mandalay Diviision left at least 40 people dead. See “State of emergency declared in Burma after religious riot,” TIME, March 22nd, 2013.

[9] 969 is a radical Buddhist organisation in Burma known to be strongly anti-Muslim.