Toungoo Situation Update: Thandaunggyi Township, August to November 2017

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Toungoo Situation Update: Thandaunggyi Township, August to November 2017

Published date:
Monday, May 21, 2018

 

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Thandaunggyi Township, Toungoo District during the period between August and November 2017, including information about education, healthcare, livelihood, military activity and land confiscation.

  • Of the Burma/Myanmar government teachers that were assigned to teach in remote areas, some teachers bribed government officials and paid money to the township education administration to be exempted from teaching in rural areas. Although the Burma/Myanmar government Ministry of Education has stated that it is unlawful for teachers to teach extra classes for profit, some teachers pressured students to come to their houses to attend extra classes.
  • The Burma/Myanmar government recruited health workers and built new clinics in rural areas but there are still not enough health workers and medicines for the needs of the population. Therefore, health workers in rural/remote areas buy medicines with their own money and treat the patients, and the patients have to pay for the cost of the treatment.
  • Due to abnormal weather conditions and the destruction of plantations by rodents, seasonal crops such as durian, cardamom and dog fruits gave less fruits compared to the previous year, so villagers face difficulties in security their livelihoods.
  • Bu Yin Naung Military training school held a Tatmadaw Company Commander training from October 19th to 21st 2017 and shot heavy weapons, which hit the villagers’ plantations; Villagers were not informed prior to the training.
  • Bu Yin Naung Military arbitrarily confiscated 1851 acres of villagers’ plantation land in Shouk Pin Chaung village tract, Htantabin Township, Toungoo District. Villagers have responded to this case by submitting a complaint letter to respective government departments, including Ministry of Defence.

Footnotes

[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 18 March 2018_official market rate of 1,335 kyats to US $1.