Thaton Interview: Saw Be---, April 2016


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Thaton Interview: Saw Be---, April 2016

Published date:
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This Interview with Saw Be--- detail his concerns from Thaton Township, Thaton District, during the period between February and April 2016, including information on the stone mining and cement factory project near Maw Lay Cliff.

  • Saw Be--- conveys villagers’ concerns that the stone mining and cement factory project that the Phyu Min Tun Company wants to implement on Maw Lay Cliff will result in land confiscation, destroy plantations, pollute the environment, and disrupt villagers’ livelihoods.
  • Consultations between the Phyu Min Tin Company, local villagers and district leaders occurred in A--- village and B--- village. Though villagers expressed their worries and said they did not want the company to implement their project, the company began their project on Maw Lay Cliff anyway.
  • In response to the stone mining and cement factory project, villagers formed four groups and sent complaint letters to different levels of government. They also applied for land grants from the Karen National Union (KNU) to protect themselves against land confiscation. However, villagers have not received any response about their complaints and not all villagers who applied for land grants got one.


[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 Karen National Liberation Army is the armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU) which is the main Karen group opposing the government.

[4] For more information regarding the Maw Lay Cliff (also known as Min Lwin mountain) stone mining for cement project see “Thaton Situation Update: Thaton Township, January to June 2015”, KHRG, January 2016, “Thaton Field Report: January to December 2015,” KHRG, August 2016, and  “Thaton Interview: U A---, 2016,” KHRG, May 2016.

[5] For more information on this company, see, “Thaton Situation Update: Thaton Township, April 2014,” KHRG, January 2015, “Residents call on KNU to scrap contentious cement factory plans,” Karen News, June 2017.

[6] The Karen National Union (KNU) is the main Karen group opposing the government.

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