Three separate killing incidents based on witchcraft suspicion in Hpa-an District


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Three separate killing incidents based on witchcraft suspicion in Hpa-an District

Published date:
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This News Bulletin describes three separate killing incidents, where five people in total were killed based on witchcraft suspicion, in Hpa-an District in Paingkyon Township, between April and September 2016.

  • On April 9th 2016, at night time, Naw A---’s husband was arbitrarily arrested and killed by a group of villagers when he and his youngest son returned home from watching a movie at another villager’s house in B--- village, Paingkyon Township, Hpa-an District.
  • In August 2016, a husband and wife of G--- villagers were shot and killed in two separated locations at the same night at 9 PM in G--- village.
  • In September 2016 at 3 AM in the morning, Naw L---’s family was attacked by a group of people with armes leading to the shooting and killing of Naw L---’s mother, Ma P---, 87 years old, and her brother Maung N---, 48 years old in M--- village. The raiders also robbed 3,500,000 kyat [US$2567.81]and precious properties that belonged to Naw L---’s family.

  • All three killing cases were committed by villagers who claimed that the murdered people were practicing witchcraft. In some cases, perpetrators were linked to an armed group.[1]


[1] This News Bulletin was written by KHRG office staff and is based on information from a community member from Hpa-an District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor local human rights conditions. It summarises information from three interviews received by KHRG in November 2016. 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.

[2] For the full interview with Naw A, see, “Hpa-an Interview: Naw A---, September 2016,” KHRG, July 2017.

[3] The KNU/KNLA Peace Council (also called the Karen Peace Council or KPC), is an armed group based in Htoh Kaw Koh, Hpa-an District, which split from the Karen National Union (KNU) and signed a ceasefire agreement with the SPDC government in 2007. The KNU/KNLA-PC subsequently refused to comply with orders from the then-SPDC government to transform into a Tatmadaw Border Guard Force in 2010. The KNU/KNLA-PC signed a preliminary ceasefire agreement with the Burma/Myanmar government on February 7th 2012, and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on October 15th 2015.

[4] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 7th July 2017 official market rate of 1363 kyat to US $1.