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Title: Dooplaya Situation Update: Kyainseikgyi Township, December 2014 to February 2015
Date of publication: 11 June 2015
Description/subject: "This Situation Update describes events occurring in Kyainseikgyi Township, Dooplaya District from December 2014 to February 2015, including stone mining, arbitrary taxation, road construction and military activities: Two rich individuals, Maung Myat and Kyaw Aye, have been conducting stone mining projects in C--- village, destroying a local villager’s mango plantation and failing to adequately compensate him for his loss... Arbitrary taxation was perpetrated by the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) in Noh Taw Pla village tract on January 17th 2015. DKBA Company Commander Shin Gyi demanded a tax of 50,000 kyat (US $45.01) per lumber saw and threatened violence against the village leader for non-compliance... A road construction company took soil from a villager’s land in B--- village in order to construct a road, which negatively impacted the villager’s livelihood... Tatmadaw soldiers from an unknown battalion based on Ka Lee Hkee Mountain cut down trees and bamboo in community reserve forests in order to repair their army camp."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (2.93)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/15-9-s1.pdf
Date of entry/update: 14 July 2015

Title: Nyaunglebin Situation Update: Shwegyin Township, March to June 2014
Date of publication: 29 January 2015
Description/subject: "This Situation Update describes events occurring in Shwegyin Township, Nyaunglebin District during the period between March and June 2014, including military activities, mining, education, healthcare, and restrictions on freedom of movement... Since the ceasefire, there are still issues in Shwegyin Township area. Civilians are still worried about human rights violations however the ceasefire has allowed for greater freedom of movement. Mining has become an issue with the river being slowly destroyed and polluted... The report shows that children are being hired by Kaw Ghay Htoo to construct a road regardless of their age which includes tasks unsuitable for children. The children, who were seen working on the construction of the road on March 9th 2014, were not informed that they were too young to be carrying out these kinds of jobs and are therefore being taken advantage of by their employers... The increased presence of Tatmadaw Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) #440 and #350 and Infantry Battalion (IB) #30 in Shwegyin Township has caused villagers to become fearful of carrying out their daily activities, as well as restricting the amount of freedom they feel they have to move around the area."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (181)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/14-41-s1.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 March 2015

Title: Hpapun Situation Update: Dwe Lo Township, February and March 2014
Date of publication: 19 November 2014
Description/subject: This Situation Update describes events occurring in Dwe Lo Township, Hpapun District during February and March 2014, including negative impacts of gold mining and concerns expressed by local villagers regarding education and healthcare.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (366K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/14-54-s1.pdf
Date of entry/update: 29 November 2014

Title: Complaint Letter to the Mergui-Tavoy District administrator concerning land damage from mining
Date of publication: 25 June 2014
Description/subject: The Complaint Letter below was written by a villager from Kyauk Me Taung village tract and sent to the Myanmar Pongpipat Company Limited (MPC) and the Mergui-Tavoy District administrator, as well as other local offices. Ma A--- explains that, in 2004, the MPC’s mining project led to the flooding of her father’s agricultural land and destruction of crops, for which her family was compensated. The letter explains, however, that the flooding expanded beyond the original area, causing additional damage for which the family was not compensated. Consequently, Ma A--- has been unable to send her children to school due to the loss of income. This Complaint Letter was initially published in May 2014 in the Appendix of KHRG’s in-depth report, Truce or Transition? Trends in human rights abuse and local response in Southeast Myanmar since the 2012 ceasefire.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (488K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/12-79-cl4_pdf.pdf
Date of entry/update: 08 December 2014

Date of publication: February 2014
Description/subject: LAND RIGHTS AND MINE ACTION IN MYANMAR - DO NO HARM: PROPOSALS FOR A SET OF EIGHT CORE PRINCIPLES AND A 14-STEP SEQUENCING PROCESS FOR LAND RIGHTS-SENSITIVE MINE SURVEY AND CLEARANCE IN MYANMAR..... "Vast areas of land in Myanmar are currently contaminated by landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) as a legacy of decades of armed conflict between the national government and a wide range of ethnic armed groups. However, the political climate in Myanmar has been rapidly changing, peace talks have been progressing, and plans are being developed to commence demining of contaminated lands. Programme and policy formulation by mine action related organisations in Myanmar is currently underway, and landmine and ERW survey and clearance operations are expected to commence in the near future. In addition, the Myanmar Mine Action Center (MMAC) is about to be established under the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) and, once it has been activated, will be expected to play the key governmental role in mine action efforts. 2. Mine action is a vital component of broader strategies to secure sustainable peace in countries emerging from conflict and instability. At the same time, mine action is inextricably linked to broader land rights questions because demining frees land that was previously unusable and/or difficult and dangerous to access. If managed poorly or if carried out purely on a technical basis without taking land rights questions into account, de-mining can re-ignite or create new land conflicts, facilitate land grabbing for resource extraction or other large-scale business activities, lead to forced displacement, serve to reinforce or exacerbate economic inequalities, and trigger a range of other undesirable outcomes. It is thus vital that demining efforts in Myanmar be subject to policies and agreements that can prevent such outcomes. It is essential, in other words, that the landmine survey and clearance efforts Do No Harm..." .
Language: English
Source/publisher: Displacement Solutions
Format/size: pdf (1.29MB)
Date of entry/update: 08 October 2014