Dooplaya Interview: Saw G---, February 2018


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Dooplaya Interview: Saw G---, February 2018

Published date:
Wednesday, July 25, 2018


The Interview with Saw G--- describes events that occurred in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District, in February 2018. The celebration of Karen National Day was disrupted because the Tatmadaw did not allow for the statue of the Karen leader Saw Ba U Gyi to be publicly displayed.

  • Around 10,000 villagers participated in a procession to fetch the statue of the Karen leader Saw Ba U Gyi in H---village. They intended to carry the statue for it to be displayed during Karen National Day celebrations. However, the Tatmadaw Operations Commander from A’Nan Kwin village stopped them from erecting the statue. They insisted that erecting the statue would be a violation of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) Code of Conduct.
  • According to Saw G---, many villagers were unhappy with this situation. Saw G--- believes that the KNU did not do enough to protect the interests of the local community during this incident. 


[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.