Dooplaya Incident Report: Forced labour ordered by Tatmadaw officer in Win Yay Township, October 2017

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Dooplaya Incident Report: Forced labour ordered by Tatmadaw officer in Win Yay Township, October 2017

Published date:
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This Incident Report describes forced labour and military troop rotation in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District in October 2017.

  • On October 30th 2017, a village head named Mann K--- and his wife Nan G--- were ordered by Tatmadaw Officer Major Hein Ya Za Hpyo from Infantry Battalion (IB) #284 to clear vegetation and throw away rubbish at a Tatmadaw frontline army camp in A--- village, Hlut Shan village tract, Win Yay Township, [Dooplaya District]. This was punishment for not showing respect to the Tatmadaw Officer.
  • The village head, Mann K---, resigned from the village head position after the incident.
  • Villagers reported the forced labour case to the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Battalion #16 office, which responded that they recorded the case and would bring the case to the Joint Monitoring Committee meeting as a potential breach of ceasefire commitments.

Footnotes

[1] KHRG trains community members in southeast Burma/Myanmar to document individual incidents of abuse 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 incident reports, community members are encouraged to document incidents of abuse that they consider to be important, by verifying information from multiple sources, assessing for potential biases and comparing to local trends.

[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] Mann is a Pwo Karen male honorific title used before a person’s name.

[4] Nan is a Pwo Karen female honorific title used before a person’s name.

[5] Ya Za Hpyo of Infantry Battalion #284 has been implicated in the abuse of villagers in prior KHRG reports. See “Dooplaya Situation Update: Kyainseikgyi and Kawkareik townships, November to December 2015,” KHRG, August 2016.

[7] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the March 30th 2018 official market rate of 1,332 kyats to US $1.

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

[9] The Joint Monitoring Committee was established at the Myanmar state and regional level in late 2015 to monitor signatories’ adherence to the October 2015 Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. It considers the majority of its monitoring to be based on territorial disputes, but has been slow to respond to complaints over breaches of the NCA code of conduct, and lacks a formal complaint mechanism, or any enforcement powers. For more information see, “Majority of joint ceasefire monitoring committee complaints are territorial disputes,” The Irrawaddy, July 2017.