Restriction on freedom of movement

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Restriction on freedom of movement

This category is defined narrowly as direct orders or requirements that result in restrictions on villagers’ freedom to travel or transport goods along roads, rivers or footpaths, to leave their own villages, to access other villages or larger towns, or to access or sleep in agricultural areas. This restriction can be based on the specific area the villager is attempting to travel through, the type of work a villager does, or even the villager’s religion, as in the case of Muslims travelling in Karen state. The Tatmadaw set up check points along roads where any access requires written permission, and usually a tax in order to continue. Movement restrictions have been specifically linked to forced relocation, attacks on civilians, denial of access to humanitarian goods and services, taxation, and, in the event of being suspected as KNLA/KNU members, arrest and detention and torture. Villagers often respond to movement restrictions, especially where travel documents are needed, by the deception of authorities regarding their destination or origination, items in their load, and the reasons for their travel. Villagers also travel covertly and actively avoid detection.

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