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Human rights violations by Second Lieutenant Tha Beh of BGF Battalion #1014 in Hpapun District, between 2012 and 2015

By Karen Human Rights Group  •  September 7, 2015

This News Bulletin describes forced labour, violent abuse, threats, arbitrary taxation and demands, and fighting committed by Second Lieutenant Tha Beh of Border Guard Force (BGF) Battalion #1014 between 2012 and 2015. Second Lieutenant Tha Beh has committed numerous human rights violations in the regions under his influence, such as A—, B—, and C— areas, in Pa Zwun Myaung village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. On January 13th 2014, Second Lieutenant Tha Beh violently abused a villager from G— village, Bu Tho Township for logging without paying him a tax, resulting in the villager’s arm being broken. Second Lieutenant Tha Beh also fined the villager 300,000 kyat (US $257.07) after the abuse. Likewise, Second Lieutenant Tha Beh also punched a village head from K— village and two other villagers on April 2nd 2014 when he found out that they were helping Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) soldiers during their sentry duty. The altercation culminated with Second Lieutenant Tha Beh’s soldiers shooting at the village head, hitting him in the stomach and hand. The village head’s hand had to be amputated as a result. Second Lieutenant Tha Beh continues to operate in the area with impunity from his superiors, causing some villagers to relocate in order to escape his abuse.

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