Hpa an Incident Report: KNU/KNLA/Peace Council Officers confiscate land in Nabu Township, March 2018

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Hpa an Incident Report: KNU/KNLA/Peace Council Officers confiscate land in Nabu Township, March 2018

Published date:
Thursday, November 22, 2018

This Incident Report describes how KNU/KNLA/Peace Council officers confiscated land that belonged to local civilians in Nabu Township, Hpa an District. This is a violation of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) Code of Conduct which states that the Tatmadaw and Ethnic Armed Organisations should “avoid forcible confiscation and transfer of land from local populations”. The confiscated land was then sold to KNU/KNLA/PC officer Saw A Bee.

Footnotes

[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] The KNU/KNLA Peace Council (also called the Karen Peace Council or KPC), is an armed group based in Htoh Kaw Koh, Hpa-an District, which split from the Karen National Union (KNU) and signed a ceasefire agreement with the SPDC government in 2007. The KNU/KNLA-PC subsequently refused to comply with orders from the then-SPDC government to transform into a Tatmadaw Border Guard Force in 2010. The KNU/KNLA-PC signed a preliminary ceasefire agreement with the Burma/Myanmar government on February 7th 2012, and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on October 15th 2015.

[3] Saw Pah Yu also goes by the name of Pu Yae Ko Ko.