Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: K’Ser Doh and Tanintharyi Townships, August to October 2017


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Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: K’Ser Doh and Tanintharyi Townships, August to October 2017

Published date:
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This Situation Update describes events occurring in K’Ser Doh and Tanintharyi Townships, Mergui-Tavoy District during the period between August and October 2017, including land confiscation, healthcare, education, livelihoods, transportation and drug abuses. 

  • Students in K’ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District face challenges due to inadequate teachers in schools and the students in Wa Yeh area, Tanintharyi Township were not allowed to learn the Karen language in school. In addition, principals and teachers spend school funds for personal use without informing local school committees.
  • Irregular attendance and disrespectful relationships between healthcare workers and patients are barriers for local people to access healthcare services. Usually, poor people are not prioritised by health workers when offering medical treatment because of discrimination.
  • Poor transportation affects rural villagers’ access to healthcare services, schools, and places of work, but the government has not constructed roads, even though villagers reported their transportation issues to the Burma/Myanmar government in 2015.
  • Drug abuse is increasingly causing social conflict, especially in Tavoy Town, Tanintharyi Township area, including theft. Despite these issues, the people behind the drug trade are not caught, only the users on the ground.
  • The Pyi Phyo Htun Company that operates a rubber plantation and the Ah Na Wa So Mo Company that owns a palm oil plantation previously confiscated villagers’ lands in K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District. Villagers are still waiting for adequate compensation or their land back.


[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] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the February 9, 2018 official market rate of 1,329 kyats to US $1.