Nyaunglebin Interview: Saw Ga---, December 2016

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Nyaunglebin Interview: Saw Ga---, December 2016

Published date:
Thursday, August 30, 2018

This Interview with Saw Ga--- describes a case of land confiscation relating to road construction in Kyaukkyi Township, Nyaunglebin District. It also provides information on development projects, a proposed hydropower dam and a large-scale logging venture.   

  • This interview describes a road construction that was conducted by Tatmadaw in Gb--- village without prior notification or consultation with villagers residing in that area. Village-level authorities signed the agreement of the road construction with Tatmadaw hoping that they [villagers] would have a better road for transportation. Although this road will improve the transportation of the local community, the local community is worried that it will increase land confiscations in the area.
  • There was a proposed dam construction in Nyaunglebin District. The local community is worried that their lands will be flooded by the dam. 

Footnotes

[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.

[3] Tatmadaw refers to the Myanmar military throughout KHRG's 25 year reporting period. The Myanmar military were commonly referred to by villagers in KHRG research areas as SLORC (State Law and Order Restoration Council) from 1988 to 1997 and SPDC (State Peace and Development Council) from 1998 to 2011, which were the Tatmadaw-proclaimed names of the military government of Burma. Villagers also refer to Tatmadaw in some cases as simply "Burmese" or "Burmese soldiers".

[4] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 21/06/2018 official market rate of 1,375 kyats to US $1.

[5] The Karen National Liberation Army is the armed wing of the KNU.