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Mine pollution destroys village

Pyaw Pyo villagers claim polluted water from the Heinda Mine, in the Dawei District in southern Burma, has made their lives unbearable. Daw Aye Ye, from Pyaw Pyo village told Karen News. “My house is flooded and all of my plantation is gone. My well that I used to use is now ruined and I have to dig for water…

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Mon political parties to fight land confiscation

Burma’s Mon political parties claim to focus for the land confiscation disputes in the state and in particular in the Tanintharyi region. The All Mon Region Democracy Party and the Mon Democracy Party met with the 88 Generation Student Group in August to discuss how to work together for civilians fighting land confiscation cases. U Naing Soe Myint, Central Executive…

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Villagers’ farmlands and graveyard confiscated by government

Villagers from Htee Poe Klone claim that their farmlands and community graveyard, north of Hpa-An Town were confiscated by government officials for industrial zone and for re settlement of Border Guard Force families. A villager said the government has not yet started the project, but villagers are barred from working on their farmlands. “They [government] won’t let us work our…

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Mine pollutions kills villager’s plantations – government fails to act

Wearing a torn grey t-shirt and shorts, U Aung Sein paddles his small bamboo raft across the muddy water reservoir that surrounds his dead betel nut plantation. He lays out his fishing net in the dirty water, but expects there will not be any fish. U Aung Sein says he is not a fisherman by choice, but since dirty run-off…

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Government militia arrest villagers over land rights

On Monday 16 January, witnesses claim that the Nat Htate village headman and two villagers were taken at gunpoint from their homes by a group of unknown men in army uniforms. A villager, who asked not be named, spoke to Karen News about the incident. The villager said the headman, Saw Aye Paw, 45, and two other villagers, Saw Kaw…

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This is our land! Villagers pay the price of land confiscation

The lives of Ta’ang people in Northern Shan state have been shattered as the Burmese government working hand-in-hand with companies has confiscated their land. The Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO) report that approximately 42,940 acres of land has been confiscated and estimate that over 8,588 families have been affected. The report carried out in Northern Shan State in 10…

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BGF stealing and selling village farmland

Htee Wah Keh villagers have accused the Burma Army’s militia, the Border Guard Force, of taking their farmlands and selling it to near-by villages in 200-acre blocks of land. Htee Wah Keh village is close to Kawkaraik Township, Karen State. The villagers claim that BGF Captain Saw Htay Naing, from Battalion 1021, began measuring the farmland in early September. A…

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BGF steal land and mine homes

Villagers from Htee Law Thi accuse Border Guard Force soldiers of laying landmines around their homes and on footpaths. Saw Pa Dee, the villager headman, explained to Karen News that villagers are scared to leave their homes. “Villagers have already stepped on four landmines, luckily only one exploded. Our animals – a dog, a pig and a goat – exploded…

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Cement factories in Kyaikmayaw force villagers off their land

A Mon human rights group accused a cement company of confiscating land belonging to villagers without paying the owners adequate compensation for their land. Burma’s state run Kyaymon, newspaper reported last week that two more cement companies will be built near Kaw Pa Naw village in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State. The two private companies; John Company and PAC Link Trading…

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