Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: K’Ser Doh Township, November 2016 to January 2017


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Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: K’Ser Doh Township, November 2016 to January 2017

Published date:
Thursday, May 10, 2018

This Situation Update describes events occurring in K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District during the period between November 2016 and January 2017, including arbitrary land confiscation by companies, and information about healthcare, business and drug use.

  • Pyi Phyo Htun Company arbitrarily confiscated over a thousand acres of over 40 parcels of villagers’ land since 2005-2006 for rubber plantation project in C--- and D--- villages, Kleh Mu Hti village tract, K’ Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District.
  • Tatmadaw Battalion/Unit # 53 Commander U K’tay Htay, including a Major and ten soldiers from Tatmadaw came to E--- village, K’ Tah Kloh village tract, K’ Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District and notified villagers that they will give treatment to patients in K’ Tah Kloh sea port on January 17th 2017.
  • The La Baw village head and [Karen National Union (KNU)] township joint secretary cooperated and sold the river-stream which flows between La Baw Hta [La Baw river mouth] and a Mon village, to a Mon ethnic person in 2016. Villagers didn’t agree with the action because some villagers were not informed of it and because it is important resource for them to secure their livelihoods by fishing in this river.
  • A villager reported on January 2nd 2017 that a Karen National Liberation Soldier (KNLA) soldier Saw Hkwah Hkwah from F--- village, held a knife and a M16 rifle while he quarreled with his family, threatened and expressed his aggression in front of his neighborhood after drinking a lot of alcohol.


[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 28/03/2018 official market rate of 1335.81 kyats to US $1

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] The term Kaw Thoo Lei refers to Karen State as demarcated by the Karen National Union (KNU), but the exact meaning and etymology is disputed; see: Jonathan Falla. True Love and Bartholomew: Rebels on the Burmese Border, Cambridge University Press: 1991.