Thaton Incident Report: Killing in Bilin Township, December 2017


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Thaton Incident Report: Killing in Bilin Township, December 2017

Published date:
Tuesday, July 24, 2018


This Incident Report describes the extrajudicial killing of U C---, a villager from D--- village. The village tract secretary, Saw Eh Kyay, ordered his murder, claiming that U C--- was problematic because he was frequently abusing his family and threatening his neighbours under the influence of alcohol. Because U C--- was Muslim, it is possible that discrimination played a role in his murder. Of the six people involved in this extrajudicial killing, three were found guilty and sentenced to a seven-year prison term. Three were found innocent, and released from police custody. This incident is worrying because it shows how easily community leaders can order an extrajudicial killing in a community


[1] KHRG trains community members in southeastern 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] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 4 July 2018 official market rate of 1,408 kyat to US $1.