Dooplaya Short Update: Kawkareik Township, October 2018

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Dooplaya Short Update: Kawkareik Township, October 2018

Published date:
Thursday, November 29, 2018

In October 2018, the Border Guard Forces (BGF) trespassed into an area beyond their control to demand a tax from local community members. Their tax targeted a segment of the population who earn their living by gathering and selling elephant foot yams, and who often face livelihood challenges because they do not have agricultural lands of their own. In response, the local community reported the case to the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). 

Footnotes

[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] Border Guard Force (BGF) battalions of the Tatmadaw were established in 2010, and they are composed mostly of soldiers from former non-state armed groups, such as older constellations of the DKBA, which have formalised ceasefire agreements with the Burma/Myanmar government. The BGF battalion #1017 led by Battalion Commander Saw Hsa Hpoh is based in Kaung Hmuh Camp, Yan Kote village, Yan Kote village tract,  Kawkareik Township, .

[3] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the November 28, 2018 official market rate of 1,583 kyats to US $1.