This report covers human rights violations against civilian villagers including murder, robbery, forced labor, theft of food, livestock and property. The Burma Army has extensive road construction projects in this district and conducts ongoing patrols to find IDPs hiding in the area. Villagers still in their villages are forced to provide labor for these road projects as well as for other Burma Army needs.
Report of Human Rights Violations by the Burma Army:
1. On Sept. 5, 2004 Capt. Aung Gyi of LIB 590 based at Kaw Thay Do forced 3 female and 1 male villagers from Kaw Thay Do village to carry food for Burmese troops from Kaw Thay Do to Now So village.
2. On Sept. 16, 2004 The SOC (Strategic Operations Commander), Khin Cho based in Kler La forced femail villager, xxx of Kaw Thay Do village to use his car to carry fire wood from Kaw Thay Do to Kler La village.
3. On Sept. 18, 2004 Commander Khin Cho based in Kler La forced 1 female and 3 male villagers of Kaw Thay Do village to go and get food for the Burma Army troops. On Sept. 18, 2004 Khin Cho and the
commander of IB 124 based in Kaw Thay Do also demanded that the Kaw Thay Do village headman meet
and report to them once every week.
4. On Sept. 17, 2004 Column Commander Saw Myeint of IB 73 and his troops based in Lay Maing ate 2 ducks and 3 chickens and forced 6 villagers from Ka Ser Doh village to be porters. The next day, the troops ate 2 more chickens and the 6 porters were forced to carry loads for the Burma Army troops.
5. On Sept. 18, 2004, Capt. Lwin Oo of IB 73 based out of Klaw Me Do sent for the village headman, pastor, and teacher of Hum Mu Do. The Burma Army soldiers took the villagers’ names and told them that each
month each villager would have to send meat to the Burma Army camp and that they would have to send information to the camp each week.
6. On Sept. 20, 2004 Capt. Lwin Oo of IB 73 based in Klaw Me Do forced 5 villagers from Klaw Me Do to carry food for Col. Saw Myeint from Klaw Me Do to Mwe Lo village.
7. On Sept. 23, 2004 Capt. Aung Gyi of LIB 590 based in Kaw Thay Do forced 6 villagers from Kaw Thay Do village to carry food from Kaw Thay Do village to Naw So. The villagers names are xxx, xxx, xxx,
xxx, xxx, and xxx.
8. On Sept. 23, 2004 Capt. Maung Maung So of IB 73 based in Lay Maing and his troops entered the Ta Pha Chaing area took 150,000 kyats from a Burmese civilian named Tin Myeint Lay (age 33) and shot him dead.
9. On Sept. 24, 2004 IB 124 based in Tha Oh Hta forced 2 villagers from Ta Mu Do to carry loads from Kler La to Tha Oh Hta village.
10. On Sept. 25, 2004 IB 124 based in Tha Oh Hta forced 3 female and 2 male villagers from Ta Mu Do village to carry loads from Kler La to Tha Oh Hta.
11. On Oct. 5, 2004 Maj. Maung Maung So of IB 73 based in Lay Maing took 30,000 kyats, 5 Casio watches, and one tin of rice from Naw Kaw
12. On Oct. 5, 2004 Maj. Maung Maung So of IB 73 based in Lay Maing forced 4 female and 3 male villagers from Klaw Ma Do and 4 female and 6 male villagers from Hu Mu Do to carry food from Soil Lo to Klaw Ma
13. On Oct. 6, 2004 IB 73 based in Klaw Me Do forced 75 female and 85 male civilians from Klaw Me Do to carry food from Soil Lo to Klaw Ma Do.
14. On Oct. 11, 2004 Saw Myeint of IB 73 forced 8 civilians from Klaw Ma Do to be porters.
15. On Oct. 12, 2004 Capt. Aung Gyi of LIB 590 based in Kaw Thay Do forced 3 female villagers from Kaw Thay Do to carry loads.
16. On Oct. 17, 2004 Tint Naing, Maung Maung So, and Mi Thet Lwin of IB 73 forced 120 civilians from Htaw Ta Htu village to be responsible for providing food for military training taking place in the area. After the training, the civilians were forced to cooperate with the Burma Army by serving at the following outposts; Shar Si Bo, PyinKha, Tha Byaw Hyo, Kay Daw, and IB 73 Headquarters. The Villagers were also responsible for the monthly salaries of the militia soldiers who were to be paid 23,000 kyats a month each.