Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: Ta Naw Th’Ree Township, 2017


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Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: Ta Naw Th’Ree Township, 2017

Published date:
Monday, July 24, 2017

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Ta Naw Th’Ree Township, Mergui-Tavoy District in the early months of 2017, including land confiscation, villager situation, villager livelihood, education, healthcare, road construction, communication and travel.

  • 325 acres of A--- villagers’ lands have been confiscated by the CKB Company in Ta Kel area, Ta Naw Th’Ree Township since 2002. The villagers were not consulted regarding these cases of land confiscation. Therefore, affected land owners reported it to the Myanmar forestry department in order receive help. However, they have not received any reply.  
  • A road construction project was conducted by an organisation/group in B--- village, Ta Naw Th’Ree Township, Mergui-Tavoy District. Villagers’ plantation and garden were damaged due to the road construction. Therefore it impacted upon the villagers’ livelihood.  


[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 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 Moken people, also known as Salon are an Austronesian ethnic group living a semi-nomadic existence on the waters of southern Burma and Thailand. As a group they face growing poverty, marginalisation and discrimination, and many are stateless. There are issues relating to access to medical care, education and employment and recent immigration restrictions have also infringed upon their traditional livelihood.

[4] P’doh is a title meaning ‘governor’ or ‘minister’ within the government or military. 

[5]  Saw is a S’gaw Karen male honorific title used before a person’s name.

[6] CKB Company states on its website that it has 20,000 acres of palm oil plantation and an additional 3,500 acres for further planting in Mergui-Tavoy District. According to additional research, it is under Green Dragon Myanmar Company. See

[7] Pyithu sit translates to ‘people’s militia,’ which is a militia structure into which local civilians are conscripted to serve in village or town militia groups.  For further reading on the pyithu sit, see “Enduring Hunger and Repression; Food Scarcity, Internal Displacement, and the Continued Use of Forced Labor in Toungoo District,” KHRG, September 2004.

[8] U is a Burmese title used for elder men, used before their name.

[9] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the July 18 2017 official market rate of 1366 kyat to US $1.

[10] More information is currently unavailable. KHRG is currently is undergoing a process of clarification however it is highly likely in this context the term community development term to a company.