Two separate killing incidents committed by Tatmadaw soldiers in Shwegyin Township, Nyaunglebin District (March and May 2017)

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Two separate killing incidents committed by Tatmadaw soldiers in Shwegyin Township, Nyaunglebin District (March and May 2017)

Published date:
Monday, September 18, 2017

This News Bulletin describes two separate killing incidents committed by Tatmadaw soldiers in Shwegyin Township, Nyaunglebin District between March and May 2017.[1]

  • On March 18th 2017, an A--- villager named U H---, was shot and killed by Tatmadaw soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion [LIB] #589 at a gold mining site in Shwegyin Township. The leaders of the Tatmadaw and the gold mining company each provided one million kyat [US $736] to the victim’s family as compensation.
  • On May 14th 2017, an eight year old girl, named Nan P--, was held hostage and killed by a Tatmadaw soldier from LIB #598 at the army camp in A--- village in Shwegyin Township. The LIB #598’s Battalion Commander and Headquarter Commander each paid one million Kyat [US $736] to the victim’s family.

  • As a result of these two killings in the same village, many villagers felt afraid and unsafe, and raised their concerns about the Tatmadaw army camp based around the village. They verbally requested the Tatmadaw leaders to withdraw the army camp from its location near the village.
 

Footnotes

[1] This News Bulletin was written by KHRG office staff and is based on information from a community member from Nyaunglebin District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor local human rights conditions. It summarises information from one situation update and two interviews received by KHRG in May 2017. 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] Daw is a Burmese female honorific title used before a person’s name.

[3] U is a Burmese honorific title used for an elder man, used before their name.

[4] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the Aug 22 2017 official market rate of 1,358.60 kyat to US $1.

[5] This refers to Section #144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, “Temporary order in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger”. This gives authorities the power to shut down meetings or impose curfews for events that constitute a public threat or nuisance. For more information see the Code of Criminal Procedure.

[6] Nan is a Pwo Karen title used for women, before their name.

[7] This refers to article #302 of the Myanmar government penal code: Punishment for Murder.

[8] This refers to article #451 of the Myanmar government penal code: Trespass in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment.

[9] This refers to article #326 of the Myanmar government penal code: Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or other means.

[10] This refers to article #309 of the Myanmar government penal code: Attempt to commit suicide.