social change is going on in
SLORC’s policy of social
and political control over the people has forced many people to flee. This is
nothing new and has been going on since the Ne Win Era, affecting millions of
Most of the oppressed
people do not want to leave
JUNTA CONTINUES EVICTING ROHINGYA FROM INTERIOR OF ARAKAN
The SLORC apparatus in
The villages recently
evicted were from Kawalong village-tract inside
Since the start of eviction in November 1994 as many as 34 truck-loads of Muslim villagers from interior Arakan have been brought down to Maungdaw Township through different routes and they have since been distributed to Muslim villages in north Maungdaw with instructions to manage food and shelter for the internal refugees. It is estimated that about 3,400 Rohingyas were brought so far and there is no arrangement from the government side for their relief and rehabilitation.
Although there has been growing discontent among the Muslim of Maungdaw and Buthidaung over the heinous acts of the ruling SLORC, they have been watching the event silently because of helplessness and for fear of brutal wrath from the Na Sa Ka (Frontier Administration).
FEZIPARA OF MAUNGDAW, ARAKAN UNDER ORDERS OF EVICTION
A Muslim village by the
name of Fezipara which is located in the heart of
It may be noted that the local authorities have since long used some tactics to harass the Muslims and at times squeezed money to undo concocted traps laid against the Muslim. In this particular case, it seems that the government is trying to evict the Muslims only because it is a part of a demuslimisation plan by the government and not solely because the authorities desperately need the land for the development of the town reasoned.
Because of SLORC troops' arbitrary accusation, arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial execution, more than 100 villagers, including women and children, from 30 villages in Kyauk Tagar, Shwe Kyin and Kyauk Kyi townships dare not live in their villages anymore and are taking refuge in the jungle, creating more of Burma's internally displaced persons. As they are in the jungles, many of the former villagers suffer from malaria and all faced with a constant shortage of food since their crops and traditional methods of gathering food have been disrupted.
[see also under “Forced Labour”, “Refugees”, “Forced Relocation” and “Eye-witness Accounts”, interview 1,7, 10, 33, 37-38, 41, 44-456, 58-59, 61, 66-67, 73, 79, 93, 100-105, 108-111, 114-115, 128]
From 7 to 10 January, a villager from Sa Daw Kho Village, Taungoo District, was shot which caused him wounds. 8 cows, 3 pigs, 10 hens belong to the villagers in Si Daw Khao, Bu Sar Khee, Tha Kwee Soe, Saw Mu Dae, Thway Baw Dae villages were killed and 72 tins of rice was looted. Loss estimated at current prices is 464,000 Ks in cash. 15 huts located at different places were also reduced to ashes. [source: KNU]
On 9 January, IB 24 under
the command of TOC 331 of LID 33, commanded by Maj Thaung Win entered
On 11 January , SLORC troops from IB 739 and 234 looted various belongings from the local people in Pa Lay Sar Village, Taungoo District. Loss of the villagers estimated at 47,670 Ks in cash at current prices.
On 15 January, SLORC troops
from IB 24 killed one goat, 4 pigs and looted rice from every house in
On 20 January, SLORC troops
from Coy 3 of IB 240 raided
On 20 January, Coy 5 of IB 69 led by Maj Myint Kyi returned to Na Moop Village. They opened fire in an attempt to make the villagers afraid of them and when the villagers fled the SLORC troops robbed the property of the people. The following losses were suffered for a total of 150,850 Ks; Pu Loi Sarng Yern (126,500 Ks), Awk Tsarng Kham (19,000 Ks), Ea Luen (2,050 Ks) and Sarng Yee (3,300 Ks). [source: SHRF]
On 21 January, SLORC IB 39
On 23 January, IB 73, under Southern Command, came to Kyauk Tan and Hsaw Wah Der villages in Nyaunglebin Township and ordered the villagers to leave the village immediately. The soldiers then burned down all their homes, and they were not allowed to return to their fields to harvest their rice. [source: ABSDF/KNU]
On 23 January, a military column from SLORC IB 39 robbed all the property and gold belonging to a trader named Mhan Son from Shar Lo Village in Taungoo District and burned down his house. The loss is estimated at 700,000 Ks in cash at current prices.
On 2 February, 1st Column
of IB 30, led by Maj Yee Aye, burned down 10 farms of the villagers in
On 19 February, SLORC troops from IB 84 led by Coy Comdr Nyo Soe Moe, under the command of LID 99, shot a buffalo belong to Saw Than Nyunt of Talai Kayin Village in Thaton District. SLORC troops also razed the victim's sugar cane mill and another house belong to San Myint Par.
On 21 February No 5th Column of IB 32 led by Capt My Lwin Theta Lwin entered Taree Hta Gaun Village, Kya In Seik Gyi Township, Karen State, and razed houses of 4 villagers to the ground: Moo Pu Kyaw lost his rice barn, 120 tins of paddy, betel nut crop, and cash and belongings worth an estimated 300,000 Ks; U Talay Heh lost his rice barn, 160 tins of paddy, stored betel nut and pepper, 15,000 Ks cash and 200,000 Ks worth of belongings, and 2 pepper plantations were also burned; Ah Pu lost 80 tins of paddy and belongings worth over 37,000 Ks; and Naw Paw Ser lost her rice barn, 260 tins of paddy, betel nut crop and over 500,000 Ks worth of belongings.
On 26 February, military column 1 & 2 from SLORC IB 61 burned down one house in Ma U Yar Village in Ye township, Mon State and robbed properties estimated at 1,000,000 Ks at current prices, including 400,000 Ks in cash and 7 tickles of gold.
SLORC troops from IB 26,
39, 48 and 73, under the Southern Command, forcibly confiscated land and farms
of local peasants and branded them as an area belonging to the military. In
1992, an estimated 200 acres of farming land of the peasants in Chan Si, Lan
Khwe, Zee Phyu Gone,
On 28 February, Lt Sein Win
of SLORC IB 79 ordered the people of
On 24 March, a military
column led by Capt Tin Maung Nyunt from SLORC IB 101 reached
were razed to the ground by SLORC troops. U Aung Myat and his wife were in the field when their house was on fire. All property inside their house, including 31 baskets of rice in the storeroom, were destroyed. U Kyar Aye, a widower, who lives with his 4 sons and 1 daughter, lost all their property inside the house and an amount of paper money. While the house was on fire, his youngest daughter, 23, was found and arrested by troops. She was released 2 days later only when the village headman gave a certain amount of bribe and a guarantee for her. As the victims were very poor, they cannot afford to reconstruct their houses. The victims had to stay with their relatives in other villagers as SLORC troops threatened and prohibited them from reconstructing their houses. [source: ABSDF]
On 6 April, in Saam San Village, Hsa Nein Parish of Parng Long Township, the combined forces of IB 246, 513 and 515 carried out a pillage and plunder action. 31 households were burnt down and destroyed after troops looted private property, including cattle, resulting in approximately 205,000 Ks worth of damage to personal property, homes and livestock caused by these soldiers. [source: SHRF]
In April the SLORC army confiscated paddy fields without compensation around the Kyawk Sit Pong village, Monywa township, Sagaing Division to set up an artillery corps. Villagers from 20 nearby villages were forced to provide labour for that new military base. 2000 acres were confiscated from farmers of Kyawk Kar and Tha Naung Win villages along the road from Monywa to Kyauk Kar village without compensation for a planned air force base. 5000 acres were confiscated for the construction of the North Western Military Command in the north of the Monywa's road to Ye Oo in the past three years. The entire Kha Wea Kyin village was wiped out for this camp. [source: ABSDF/ABSL/NLD-LA]
In May 1994 SLORC
threatened forced eviction of entire Muslim population of 170 households in
On 13 May
, at , SLORC troops from IB 516
under the command of 99 LID burnt down
At Mat La Daw village in
On 13 May, a combined military column of SLORC troops from 55 LID, LIB 247 & 248 and IB 518 raided Worng Koong Nue Village, Wong Norng Parish, Mong Nai Township, and torched houses and belongings owned by Thein Ngwe (losses of approximately 262,000 Ks), Loong Yoong (35,000 Ks), Sai Long (12,450 Ks), Nang Yung (19,300 Ks), Loong Tsitda (178,200 Ks), Pi Kann (82,650 Ks), Loong Eung (10,300 Ks), Pi Teeya (31,700 Ks), Nang Ing (8,390 Ks) and Nai Yung (5,450 Ks). [source: SHRF]
On the same day the same troops invaded Worn Yon village in the same parish and took away property from Loong Saling (10,950 Ks), Sitda Nu (5,030 Ks), Loong Khe (6,280 Ks), Pi Ling Nya (4,560 Ks), Loong Thak Swe (900 Ks), Pi Ti (1,175 Ks), Daw Swe (870 Ks), Pa Hkam Ong (3,260 Ks), Pa Hurng (690 Ks), Headman Loong Vi (425 Ks), Daw Kya (6,000 Ks), Pa Tun (2,400 Ks), Nang Swe (1,130 Ks), Korliya (600 Ks), Pa Lu (6,000 Ks) and Sorliya (6,000 Ks). [source: SHRF]
On 5 July SLORC troops from
IB 73 and 26 burned down the hut belonged to Saw Baw from Da Kaw Bwa Village,
On 1 August, SLORC troops burned down the Akha Village of Wan Ya Aye (near Tachilek) and drove out 50-60 families living there after accusing them of supporting the rebels. [source: SHRF]
On 1 August, SLORC
Anti-Insurgent Group (AIG) soldiers demanded 5,000 Ks from
170 households of Muslims
were evicted at gunpoint from
On 2 November, more than 60 SLORC troops from IB 62 led by Capt Aye Min reached Kaw Pauk Village, Kyaikmaraw Township, and forced the villagers to abandon the village. Nai Lun (25) was shot in abdomen and seriously wounded as a result. [source: NMSP]