Hpapun Situation Update: Lu Thaw and Dwe Lo Township, May to July 2016


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Hpapun Situation Update: Lu Thaw and Dwe Lo Township, May to July 2016

Published date:
Wednesday, February 7, 2018


This Situation Update describes events occurring in Lu Thaw Township and Dwe Lo Township, Hpapun District during the period between May and July 2016, including unresolved killing cases, rape and discrimination against Muslims.

  • Three Muslims in the same family were killed in A--- area, Meh Wine village tract, Dwe Lo Township, Hpapun District. KNU authorities arrested a worker from Shwe Kyone Gyi Company in connection to the murders but he was released after the owner of Shwe Kyone Gyi Company paid his bail. KNU local authorities investigating this case have not been able to find concrete evidence identifying the perpetrator.
  • On Infantry Battalion (IB) #19’s old helipad in Meh Tha Lote village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District, Ma F--- was raped by Maung Si Thu Naing. After the case was reported to the police by Maung H---, Maung Si Thu Naing has been kept in prison and negotiations regarding appropriate punishment are ongoing.
  • After U---‘s goats were stolen by Saw A’Shin in Mar Htaw village tract, Dwe Lo Township, Hpapun District, the Meh Tha Lote village tract administrator delayed solving the case. Community members believe that the motivation for the goat theft and the delay in solving the case are due to the fact that U--- is Muslim.


[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] A village tract is an administrative unit of between five and 20 villages in a local area, often centred on a large village.

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

[5] Ma is a Burmese female honorific title used before a person’s name.

[6] Ko is a Burmese title meaning older brother. It can be used for relative as well as non-relative.

[7] Maung is a Burmese male honorific title used before a person’s name.

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