Thaton Interview: Ma N---, July 2015


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Thaton Interview: Ma N---, July 2015

Published date:
Thursday, February 2, 2017

This Interview with Ma N--- describes arbitrary arrest and torture occurring in Thaton Township, Thaton District, during the period between June and July 2013. She described how her husband was arbitrarily arrested and tortured by the Myanmar police in June 2013. Her husband finally said that he was involved in a bus robbery, although he asserts that was not involved. He confessed to the crime after torture by the Myanmar police. The robbery that Myanmar police suspected Ma N---‘s  husband was suspected of was the Yar Zar Min bus robbery that happened in Mon State, Thaton Township, Thaton District on June 8th 2013 when a bus was intercepted by robbers whilst heading from Kyaik Kha Mi to Yangon.


[1] KHRG trains community members in southeastern 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 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] The Yar Zin Min robbery case made headlines in Burma/Myanmar in 2013 when a public bus was intercepted whilst travelling from Kyaik Kha Mi to Yangon and robbed. The bus driver was shot dead and a reported 4,887,000 kyat [US $3623.12] as well as passengers’ gold was taken. No official evidence has been reported to have found by the Myanmar police following the robbery. See “Villagers claim five men sentenced to death are scapegoats,” Karen News, April 2015.

 [4] Insein prison in Yangon is renowned for overcrowding and poor treatment of its detainees. See “After release I had to restart my life from the beginning,” Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), May 2016.

[5] 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 Standard 6 to Standard 9, and upper secondary school is Standard 10 to Standard 11.

[6] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 16th January 2016 official market rate of 1362 kyat to US $1.