Arbitrary taxation and demands

Arbitrary taxation and demands

This category includes incidents where villagers have been subject to arbitrary taxes and demands, such as demands for food and building materials by Tatmadaw and ethnic armed groups. In areas under their control, the Tatmadaw practice exploitative governance in order to extract whatever they may need from villagers, creating poverty on a large scale. All aspects of commerce within Karen State are taxed. The transportation of goods are taxed heavily at regular checkpoints on roads and rivers where various sums of money must be paid based on the size of the boat or motor vehicle transporting the goods. Shops are also taxed based on size. Whole villages will often be demanded to provide livestock for battalions operating in the area. Other demands include building materials such as bamboo and thatch for the construction of army camps. Villagers also face forced recruitment demands, where village heads will be informed on the numbers they must provide to fill the ranks of the Tatmadaw or ethnic armed groups, or the amount of money they will have to pay in lieu of such demands. Taxation and demands is usually specifically linked to movement restrictions, forced labour, forced recruitment, child soldiers, denial of access to humanitarian goods and services, detention, development and explicit threats. Villagers respond to this form of abuse in many ways, such as negotiating the demands, hiding food stores, displacement, and even outright refusal to comply with the demands.

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