Mergui-Tavoy Interview: Arbitrary taxation by the Tatmadaw causes livelihood challenges for local communities

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Mergui-Tavoy Interview: Arbitrary taxation by the Tatmadaw causes livelihood challenges for local communities

Published date:
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A local villager describes incidents of arbitrary taxation and forced labour by the Tatmadaw that occurred in April 2018 in Ler Muh Lah Township, Mergui-Tavoy District.

  • Arbitrary taxes levied by the Tatmadaw have caused difficulties for local communities who depend on logging for their livelihoods.
  • The Tatmadaw forced local community members to help them with transportation logistics. This type of forced labour causes difficulties for local people.

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] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the November 2018 official market rate of 1582.08 kyat to US $1.