A month after the New Mon State Party joins the NCA: Skirmishes occur between the MNLA and the KNLA in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District

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A month after the New Mon State Party joins the NCA: Skirmishes occur between the MNLA and the KNLA in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District

Published date:
Friday, September 14, 2018

This News Bulletin analyses the skirmishes that broke out between the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) on the border between Mergui-Tavoy District and Dooplaya District in February and March 2018. [1]

  • Although both the New Mon State Party and the Karen National Union are signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), skirmishes broke out several times between the MNLA and the KNLA between February and March 2018.
  • Tensions between the armed groups increased because of a dispute about logging, in an area contested by both armed groups in Dooplaya District.

Footnotes

[1] This News Bulletin was written by KHRG office staff and is based on information received from a community member from Dooplaya District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor local human rights conditions. It summarises information from one situation update and four interviews received by KHRG in April 2018.

[5] Padoh is a title meaning ‘governor’ or ‘minister,’ within the government or military. 

[9] This information was taken from an unpublished KHRG report.

[10] This information might be uncertain based on different villagers’ testimonies. Some villagers say 38 villagers, some says 40 villagers and some says 46 villagers.

[11] A mahout is a person who works with, rides and tends an elephant.

[12] Elephants are commonly used for transporting logs in Southeast Asia.

[13] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the September 13 2018 official market rate of 1554 kyat to US $1.

[14] This information is taken from “NMSP, KNU sit for talks following clashes over territory

[15] This information is taken from an unpublished interview.

[16] This information is taken from “NMSP and KNU clash again in Tanintharyi Region”.