Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: Tanintharyi Township, November 2017 to March 2018


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Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: Tanintharyi Township, November 2017 to March 2018

Published date:
Friday, September 28, 2018

This Situation Update provides information on the restriction of Karen language in schools, environmental pollution due to lead mining, drug trafficking, and land confiscations in Tanintharyi Township, Mergui-Tavoy District.

  • Access to learning Karen language is limited in Tanintharyi Township.
  • Lead mining has increased in Kay Hkee and Kay villages, Tanintharyi Township. It has caused the contamination of many water streams, and has polluted the natural environment.  
  • Between January and March 2018, when the Shway Kyun Aa Man Company was building a road, they damaged 300 rubber plants owned by Saw W---. The company did not compensate him for the damaged property.
  • Tanintharyi authorities have arrested a number of civilians for drug trafficking related offenses.


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

[4] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 12/09/2018 official market rate of 1554.38 kyats to US $1.

[5] This refers to the ‘people’s militia,’ a militia structure into which local civilians are conscripted to serve in village or town militia groups. 

[6] The majority ethnic group in Myanmar, also known as ethnic Burmese or Burman.